Lakes - large bodies of water surrounded by land - are often synonymous with peace and quiet. But some lakes stand out more than others because of their size, geographical location or colour. From your traditional blues and greens to the more unusual pinks and oranges, here are 8 colorful lakes from around the world that may surprise you.
Discover 8 lakes in all the colours of the rainbow
There are around 120 million lakes in the world, covering 6 million square kilometres, or 4% of the earth's surface. But some lakes stand out more than others because of one particular aspect: their colour. Take the incredible deep blue Crater Lake in Oregon for example, or the bubblegum pink colour of Lake Hillier in Australia.
Unfortunately, the colour of some lakes can be dangerous not only for humans, but for all living things. The pH and temperature levels in Lake Natron in Tanzania, for example, is so corrosive that it can burn the skin and eyes of animals that aren't adapted to it.
Kanas Lake, China
Located in northwest China, Kanas Lake is surrounded by snow-capped peaks and thick green forests. Its name, of Mongolian origin, means "beautiful, rich and mysterious". The lake is also sometimes called the "palette of God" because of its shifting colours throughout the seasons. It is the deepest freshwater lake in China, covering almost 45 km², and has a maximum depth of 180 meters.
Lake Natron, Tanzania
Lake Natron can be found in Rift Valley in northern Tanzania, nestled at the foot of Mount Gelai, at an altitude of 609 meters. The lake is extremely alkaline due to the high amounts of the chemical natron (a mix of sodium carbonate and baking soda) in the water. Indeed, the lake's water has a pH as high as 10.5, hence its reddish colour, and many species are unable to survive here. Images of animals calcified on the lake's shores have only solidified the lake's reputation as one of the most inhospitable and dangerous bodies of water in the world.
Peyto Lake, Canada
Banff National Park in Alberta is home to Peyto Lake, a glacier-fed lake famous for its beautiful turquoise waters. Throughout the summer, glacial flour (fine-grained, silt-sized particles of rock) flows into the lake, giving it its vibrant blue colour. From above, the lake appears to be the shape of a fox's torso.
Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
Located somewhere around 4278 meters above sea level, Laguna Colorada is a shallow salt lake in the southwest of the altiplano of Bolivia, within Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve and close to the border with Chile. The unusual red coloration is caused by red sediments and algae in the water. The blood-red lagoon is also home to thousands of flamingos, whose feathers turn wonderfully vibrant pink after eating the lake's red algae.