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Lac Rose (Pink Lake), Le lac Rose, Landscapes, Dakar, Senegal
Lac Rose (Pink Lake)

Depending on the time of day and the light, the lake displays a spectacular range of pink shades that shift to mauve at the end of the afternoon.

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Le lac Rose Senegal
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover Le lac Rose

Roughly 20 miles north-east of Dakar is Lac Rose, also known as Lake Retba. 'Rose', meaning pink in French, refers to its colour as a result of a high concentration of minerals. Containing ten times more salt than the ocean, you can swim in this lagoon in a similar fashion as in the Dead Sea - you will float effortlessly! Lac Rose is exploited for its high salt content, with the salt dug up on the southern side, in the area of Niaga-Peul. Senegalese men scrape the bed of the lake, waist-deep in water, to collect the salt which they then dry in the sun before being packed into 50lb bags, ready for the market.

Le lac Rose

Harvesting salt, Le lac Rose, Landscapes, Dakar, Senegal
Harvesting salt

Hundreds of people work to harvest salt manually, both day and night.

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A salt collector at work, Le lac Rose, Landscapes, Dakar, Senegal
A salt collector at work

The men break the salt deposits at the bottom of the lake and take it to the shore on their pirogue.

Le lac Rose , Piles of salt , Senegal
Piles of salt

The salt is then deposited on the banks to dry and bleach in the sun for four days.

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Le lac Rose , Salt from Lac Rose , Senegal
Salt from Lac Rose

Women have the job of transporting the tubs full of salt.

Le lac Rose , The banks of Lac Rose , Senegal
The banks of Lac Rose

Most of the salt collectors smear their bodies with shea butter to protect themselves from the salt.

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