pink lake

Pink Lake

Strange places


Cet article a été rédigé par Nicolas Dumont, Emilie Cavro et Hugo Debelvalet du collège Marthe Robin.

Have you ever seen a strange place? Do you know them and why they are like that? Let’s introduce you to our top 4 unusual places!

1. Lake Retba or Pink Lake
Pink Lake

Pink Lake

It is located in Senegal, a few hundred meters away from the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded with dunes. It is also the most visited place of interest in Senegal! The pink color of this 3 km2 lagoon is due to a bacterium which makes a red pigment to resist to the salt concentration. But the colors varies between pink and purple according to the solar intensity.

In fact, this lake has been exploited for this salt since 1970. On November 18th, 2005, a request was made for its entrance to the world heritage of the Unesco.

2. The Wave
Crédit: Nalan Aeon

The Wave (Crédit: Nalan Aeon)

The Wave is a rocky formation of stoneware near the border of Arizona and Utah, in the United States, famous to walkers and photographers for its wavy forms. Waves were formed by the wind but are very fragile. To protect them from the erosion due to the visitors, it cannot have more than twenty people a day there. To reach it, you need to win a license from the twenty ones given away everyday in a lottery. So get lucky!

3. The Fly Geyser
The fly geyser

Fly geyser

The Fly Geyser, also known as Fly Ranch Geyser, is a small geothermal geyser located in Washoe Country. Fly Geyser is not a natural phenomenon since it accidentally emerged in 1964 from a geothermal test well inadequately capped. Fly Geyser has grown substantially in the last 40 years as minerals from the geothermal water pocket deposit on the desert surface. Because there are multiple geyser spouts, this geyser has not created a cone as large as the first, but an ever-growing alien-looking mound.

The geyser is covered with thermophilic algae, which flourish in moist, hot environments, resulting in the multiple hues of green and red that add to its out-of-this-world appearance. The geyser is on Fly Ranch, a private property and trespassing is illegal.

4. New Zealand’s natural highlights
Waitomo (Crédit: 2il org)

Waitomo (Crédit: 2il org)

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves occupies a high placing in the New Zealand vacation wish-list. The glow worm, Arachnocampa luminosa, is actually unique to New Zealand. Thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light. Waitomo Glowworm Caves are a must-see for any traveller.

You can marvel at Mother Nature’s light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Meander underground along the Waitomo River and gaze in silence at the myriad of glow worm lights that make up the Glowworm Grotto. While you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights, you’ll immediately experience a serene atmosphere and be fascinated and intrigued by tiny glowworms that light your way.