Drone footage of Utah’s Great Salt Lake highlights pretty pink, blue divides
Mesmerizing drone footage has emerged of Utah’s Great Salt Lake, highlighting the lake’s pretty contrast of pink and blue from a bird’s eye perspective.
The sparkling rose-colored waterscape is divided from its glassy transparent jade-green and blue section by the Union Pacific Railroad 20-mile-long causeway.
According to Just Fun Facts, the pink color is caused by “pigmented, salt-loving microbes,” and the differences of color in other parts of the lake results from different levels of salinity.
What’s fascinating is how drone footage is able to depict the striking divides marked by the high salinity levels of the lake.
The lake is located in several wide flat basins and is sometimes referred to as America’s Dead Sea.
The high salinity levels in some parts of the lake make it uninhabitable for many species.
Dr. Bonnie Baxter, director of the Great Salt Lake Institute, told OurAmazingPlanet, “I always see it as the puddle in the bottom of the bathtub that didn’t drain.”
“Not many things live up there, and the microbes that do are pink or red.”
Sunrises and sunsets are particularly impressive when the light reflects off the lake’s surface in an array of shimmering hues.
Watch the video below:
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Posted by Justin McFarland on Sunday, September 2, 2018
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