Where the Crimson Lake

Lake in Spain

The Spanish Lake Salinas de Torrevieja is known as a source of mineral resources for the region. The lake has no runoff, and therefore all the salt that enters it remains in its banks. For many years, the solution became so saturated that the bottom and coastal strip were covered with a crust of crystals. An unusual pink shade to the lake water is given by the archaea Halobacterium living here. Although the seaweed Dunaliella salina contributes to the overall color scheme, releasing red-orange beta-carotene into the water.

Colored Lake in the borders of Russia

But are such outlandish reservoirs found only abroad? Perhaps someone had to come across the name of Crimson Lake. As you know, place names are often quite deceptive. And the Black Sea is not so black, and the Red Sea water with grape wine can’t compare. But everything is wrong with the Crimson Lake. Like Salinas de Torrevieja, the salty Crimson Lake is inhabited by microscopic denizens of bright color. Except it is not archaea and not algae, but small crustaceans Artemia salina.

The lake does not always have a crimson coloration. Color changes from season to season, and even the height of the sun above the horizon affects the color of the water. But at certain moments it really takes on a rich crimson color.

The course on Crimson Lake

In the southwest of Altai Krai lies the group of Borovye Lakes. These are very diverse bodies of water with fresh and salt water, running and wasteless. This group includes Crimson Lake. This part of the Altai Krai has little in common with the mountain range of the same name and more resembles the steppes of neighboring Kazakhstan. That’s why it became possible to form a salt lake.

The regional center is located 375 kilometers to the northeast, and near the lake itself there is the settlement of Mikhailovsky and Malinov Lake, in which salt extracted in the body of water is processed. Local steppes are crossed by a branch of the Kulunda—Rubtsovsk railway.

Like any salt lake, Raspberry boasts its medicinal properties. And the water and mud here are saturated with minerals that, penetrating through the skin, have a favorable effect on the whole body. Swimming in these waters, it is impossible to drown, so this saline solution is denser than the tissues of the human body. But linger for a long time in the water is not necessary, because the slightest damage of the skin will give about yourself itching and burning.

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