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Beyond Blue: These Colourful Waterbodies Around The World Defy Reason

A tourist swimming in Australia's pink Lake Hillier, Photo Credit: Shutterstock
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From pink to turquoise, these naturally colourful rivers around the world go against everything we learnt about geography, but that doesn't mean they aren't real

As though picked right out of a rainbow, these waterbodies around the world stun us with their vibrant colours. Whether you want to visit these to get the best shot for Instagram or are just reworking your to-do list, this is a sight for sore eyes.

 

Emerald Lakes, New Zealand 

The three Emerald Lakes in New ZealandThe Tongariro National Park in New Zealand is home to three (active) volcanoes, three small emerald lakes, and many craters. These green sparkling lakes reside inside big explosion craters in the park and are sparkling green or even almost turquoise blue in colour. The colour is thanks to the dissolved minerals, and it is not safe for drinking or swimming. One way to access it is by taking The Tongariro Alpine Crossing, a semi-difficult hike in the national park. The hikers are then rewarded with a view of these emerald lakes in New Zealand. 

 

Laguna Colorada, Bolivia

A flock of flamingoes at the rust-coloured Laguna ColoradaA vast expanse of reddish-brown water greets you at the southern end of Bolivia, near the border of Chile. This rust-like colour of this shallow saltwater lake is a natural phenomenon which occurs due to the sediments and algae in the water. This stunning red lagoon also attracts flocks of flamingoes, alpacas & llamas, and of course, keen photographers.

 

Lake Hillier, Australia

Aerial view of the bubblegum-pink waters of Lake HillierOff the coast of Western Australia lies a sight to behold. Lake Hillier, located on Middle Islands is an entirely pink waterbody that bears a resemblance to a large pool of liquid bubble gum (or in more updated terms, a millennial pink colour). The colour is said to be attributed to the large presence of Dunaliella salina microalgae in the lake. Although many tourists visit this 600-meter long waterbody to click photographs or dip into it, one isn’t advised to take a sip of it, accidentally or otherwise. 

 

Morning Glory Pool, Wyoming 

The psychedelic colours of the Morning Glory Pool This hot spring in the Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA is a colourful waterbody with hues of green, orange, and even yellow colours. These colours aren’t due to a natural phenomenon, though, and nor are they welcome. Tourist trash and junk reacting with certain microbes in the pool have resulted in this once-clear blue pool to turn these acidic colours. That, however, doesn't stop it from being a rare sight.

 

Lake Retba in Senegal

Docked boats at the bank of Lake Rebta in Senegal

Remember the striking Lake Hillier in Australia? Well, turns out it isn't the only lake in the world to wear the pink-colour badge. Senegal's Lake Retba is blessed with a beautiful pink tone, which often seems to shift from orange to even brown depending on the sun's light. This West African lake is an hour away from Dakar, the capital of Senegal and can be easily accessed.

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