Mesmerising hues of Martian-like salt water lake in Ukraine captured in series of stunning photographs

This breathtaking, pink lake may look like a Martian landscape but its distinctive waters make it one of the unique wonders of the Crimean Peninsula.

The opulent hues of the Koyashskoye Salt Lake vary from peachy pinks to dusky scarlets, with extra-terrestrial-looking boulders dotted in its crimson waters.

The beautiful expanse of blood-red water was captured during the entirety of a single day by Ukrainian photographer Sergey Anashkevych, who sought to explore the effect different light had on the three-mile expanse.

This breathtaking, pink lake may look like a Martian landscape but it is real and can be marvelled at in Ukraine
This breathtaking, pink lake may look like a Martian landscape but it is real and can be marvelled at in Ukraine
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In different lights, the shallows of Koyashskoye Salt Lake shine from a dusky pink to deep scarlet. Dotted through the barren landscape are boulders that are almost fully swallowed by salt, creating an extra-terrestrial effect.
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Sitting on the southern coast of the Kerch Peninsula in Crimea, Koyashskoye the three-mile expanse of blood red water is separated from the Black Sea by a thin strip of land.
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The vibrant colours can be attributed to the Dunaliella algae, which thrives in salty water and in some conditions multiplies rapidly, causing the red colour.
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In the spring the lake colour is tenderly pink in spring – and bright-red during the summer hot pink.
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Sergey said: ‘Locals love the lake, but fortunately it is still not widely known to tourists. The air is very humid there and very salty and because of the salt in the air you have a feeling that the air is sticky’
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Sergey said: ‘Because of the salt, your skin, clothes and equipment end up covered by this sticky, thin film’.
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The 37-year-old from Sevastopol, said: ‘Koyashskoye is one of the most beautiful and fantastic places in Crimea. The shores of the lake consist of the crystallized salt with the scent of viola’
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The beautiful blood-red water was captured during a single day by Ukrainian photographer Sergey Anashkevych.
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Pink lakes tend to have a striking colour due to the presence of algae that produces carotenoids, such as Dunaliella Salina, a type of halophile green micro-algae especially found in sea salt fields.
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In different lights, the shallows of Koyashskoye Salt Lake shine from a dusky pink to deep scarlet.
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Once the lake water reaches a salinity level greater than that of sea water, the temperature is high enough and adequate light conditions are provided, the alga begins to accumulate the red pigment beta carotene.
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A salt lake or saline lake can be defined as a landlocked body of water that has a concentration of salts (typically sodium chloride) significantly higher than most lakes (often defined as at least three grams of salt per litre).
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Dunaliella salina is a unicellular green alga found in environments with high salt concentration. It produces a distinct pink and red colour.
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The lake is considered to be the saltiest in Crimea though it is home to brine shrimps that also live here.
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The beautiful lake is fairly small: it is only 2.5miles long and 1.2miles wide. Moreover, its maximum depth is barely 3ft.
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When the weather gets drier, the water evaporates, drying the salt out. This reveals small crystal stones protruding from the lake’s surface.

The vibrant colours can be attributed to the Dunaliella algae, which thrives in salty water and in some conditions multiplies rapidly, causing the red colour.

Sergey said: ‘In the spring the lake colour is tenderly pink in spring – and bright-red during the summer hot pink.

‘Locals love the lake, but fortunately it is still not widely known to tourists.

‘The air is very humid there and very salty and because of the salt in the air you have a feeling that the air is sticky.

‘Because of the salt, your skin, clothes and equipment end up covered by this sticky, thin film.’

 

 

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