Stunning images as ocean in Turkey becomes the new red sea

[Turkey] An astonishing crimson hue sweeps across the salt lake Tuz Golu in Aksaray, Turkey . The colour, caused by the algae Dunaliella salina, disappears in winter. Dunaliella salina is a type of halophile green microalgae especially found in sea salt fields. Known for its antioxidant activity because of its ability to create large amount of carotenoids, it is used in cosmetics and dietary supplements.

The Salt Lake in Aksaray, Turkey
The Salt Lake in Aksaray, Turkey
The reds contrasted against the blue sky
The reds contrasted against the blue sky
The white sands
The white sands
Blood red coloration is caused by the production of pigment known as carotenoids by the green algae.
Blood red coloration is caused by the production of pigment known as carotenoids by the green algae.

 

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