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Pink Lake Hiller, Australia

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Sarah Westman

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Pink Lake Hiller, Australia
By: Sarah Westman

What's Lake Hiller?
Salt lake on Middle Island of Western Australia
Tourist Attraction
http://www.australia.com/explore/states/wa/pink-lake.aspx
Can you swim in the lake?
Lake Heller is just a salt lake, but is perfectly safe to swim in. Although, it's not in an advised swim area
Discovery
Discovered by Captain Flinders in 1802 after climbing island peak
John Thistle collected water and found it to be saturated
Demographics
Located on Middle Island
600 meters long
Surrounded by sand & Eucalyptus trees
Sand dunes separate from Southern Ocean
The other "pink" lakes
Pink Lake Retba, Dakar Region, Senegal
Pink Hutt Lagoon, Australia
Pink Lake of Salina de Torrevieja, Spain
Pink Lake of Quairading, Australia
Pink Masazir Lake or Masazirgol, Azerbaijan
Dusty Rose Lake, Canada
Pink Lake, Australia (Goldfields-Esperance area)
Floating in the lake
Due to the high salt content, it's very easy to float in the lake without trying
Lake Hiller
Click on the link below for more information on Lake Hiller
The lake isn't always pink but due to green alga Dunaliella salina, halobacterium Halobacteria cutirubrum, and/or high concentration of brine prawn it changes colors.
Once lake water raches higher sanity than sea water, and temp/light is right, the alga gets red pigment beta carotene
Pink halobacteria grow in the salt crust at the bottom of the lake & color of the lake is a result of the balance between, D. salina and H. cutirubrum.
(Scientests don't "for sure" know why lake is pink but this is what most think)

Watch video below

Click on the link
http://twistedsifter.com/2012/12/lake-hillier-the-pink-lake-in-australia/
Captain Flinders
Full transcript