Reese is on the move again. Where in the world is our wonder boy visiting today?
Here’s a hint;
Some scientists believe the pink-color in this lake is due to high salt content combined with two species.
Did you guess Lake Hillier in Western Australia? You’re right!
Even though you can’t tell from Reese’s selfie, this remarkable lake was discovered in 1802. It is located on the largest of the islands in Western Australia’s Recherche Archipelago.
Let’s explore Reese’s rose-colored location further.
Did you know?
- The lake keeps its deep pink colour year-round.
- Lake Hillier contains a salt-loving algae species known as Dunaliella salina, and pink bacteria known as halobacteria.
- It is surrounded by eucalyptus and paperback trees.
- A long and thin shore divides the Southern Ocean from the lake.
- Lake Hillier is about 2,000 feet (600 meters) in length. It measures 820 feet in width (250 meters).
- If you were to view this lake from way above, it looks like pink bubblegum. However, up close it’s more of a light pink.
- Lake Hillier is about 10 times saltier than the ocean and the entire lake is rimmed in a salty crust.
- Despite the high salt content levels, Lake Hillier is safe to swim in.
- The only living organisms in Lake Hillier are microorganisms.
As of 2012, the lake is part of the protected area known as the Recherche Archipelago Nature Reserve. It is the feature of a recreational walking trail which goes around its shoreline.
There are very few ways to reach Lake Hillier. Helicopter is one of the most common methods of travel. Cruises are also an option for passengers wanting to visit the isolated lake, and surrounding forest area.
Thank you, Reese, for showing us Lake Hillier.
Where in the world is he off to now? Be sure to join us next time when Reese will explore another fun, fact-filled location.