Fancy seeing something new?
Everyone knows about the 7 wonders of the world, but check out 7 of some of the most colourful waters of the world!
(We apologize now for the red one – it does look a bit gross).
Lake Hillier, Australia
This looks like something from Willy Wonkers Chocolate Factory that should taste of bubble gum or candyfloss. We love it. It’s on Middle Island, the largest of the islands that make up the Recherche Archipelago off the coast of Esperance.
No one really knows why it’s pink. Scientists reckon that the colour comes from a dye created by bacteria that lives in the salt crusts (or that’s what they want us to think, so they can keep all the bubble gum for themselves!)
Kelimutu (Three coloured Lake), Eastern Indonesia
These three crater lakes are sat on the same volcanic peak as each other yet are completely different colours – blue, green and red (which sometimes looks green like in our pic). This is the only place on earth where this amazing colour variation takes place.
For centuries local people have believed that the lakes are the spiritual resting place of their ancestors and that they change colour according to the mood of the spirit.
Perito Moreno, Argentina
This lake gets its vibrant turquoise colour from light reflecting off suspended glacier ice melt particles. Pretty cool!
Blood Falls, Antarctica
This glacier regularly pours out red liquid, making it look like the ice is bleeding – eurgh.
(For the science geeks – according to National Geographic: The “falls” are actually a brine, or salt water, mixed with iron from the bedrock below. As bacteria slowly chew the rock, the iron is released into the brine. The salt water and iron combination creates a distinct rust colour when it mixes with oxygen as it reaches the surface. Every day’s a school day.)
Red salt lake, Tunisia
This lake gets its pink/red tinge thanks to ‘microbial activity’ caused from mineral deposits. The extreme heat of the Sahara Desert keeps the bacteria flowing, thus maintaining the colour. Bit eerie, but beautiful.
Lake Pukaki, New Zealand
If you asked a kid to draw you a lake, they’d probably draw you one this colour. It’s an amazing glacial blue that keeps it’s colour from the glacier’s rock particles. With the stunning snowcapped mountains in the backdrop it makes a pretty cool picture.
Lake Retba, Senegal
Also called ‘Lac Rose’ this lake gets its colour because of algae in the water, which is attracted by a high salt content. And when we say high, we mean high – it’s 40% salt – which apparently makes it easy to float in. We know what we’re adding to our bucket list!