'China's Dead Sea' turns pink

The colour of an ancient salt lake in the Chinese city of Yuncheng in Shanxi province has turned to rose pink on one side because of the spread of red-coloured algae called dunaliella salina. Many residents flocked to the area this week to see the ch
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The colour of an ancient salt lake in the Chinese city of Yuncheng in Shanxi province has turned to rose pink on one side because of the spread of red-coloured algae called dunaliella salina. Many residents flocked to the area this week to see the change. Local residents have been extracting salt crystals from the lake for more than 4,000 years. People can also float on the lake's surface due to the water's high salinity, which has earned the lake the name "China's Dead Sea".

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 28, 2016, with the headline ''China's Dead Sea' turns pink'. Print Edition | Subscribe