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The mystery behind Lake Retba, the Only pink Lake in the world – You won’t believe where it is located (Photos)

Sitting not as much as a hour from Dakar, the capital of Senegal in West Africa is Lake Retba, a coral pink lake that is settled between white sand hills and the Atlantic Ocean. The lake was then the completing purpose of the rough terrain auto race, the Dakar Rally however it has since turned into a wellspring of job for a huge number of individuals from Senegal and West Africa who come there to reap salt.

Locals harvest salt from the lake

According to locals, the salt content of the three square kilometre lake can be compared to that of the Dead Sea and even exceeds during the dry season.

The water turns colour in the sun due to a salt-loving micro-algae which produces a red coloured pigment.

Locals depend on the lake for salt — DOGO News

Men were hitherto fishing in the lake but by the 1970s, locals started to collect and sell salt for income following a period of economic hardships and drought, according to a report by news site CNN.

Locals have since been transporting, drying and trading salt from the lake, otherwise known as Lac Rose, with over 70% of it being exported around West Africa, particularly to the Ivory Coast.

The lake is one of Senegal’s most popular tourist destinations

The unique lake, which is one of Senegal’s most popular tourist destinations, is said to be intensely pink during the dry season (November through June), and less during the rainy season (July through October).

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