Lake Retba

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Lake Retba
Boats on the lake
LocationCap Vert peninsula
Coordinates14°50′N 17°14′W / 14.833°N 17.233°W / 14.833; -17.233Coordinates: 14°50′N 17°14′W / 14.833°N 17.233°W / 14.833; -17.233
Lake typesaline lake
Basin countriesSenegal
Surface area3 km2 (1 sq mi)
Max. depth3 metres (9.8 ft)
 
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Lake Retba
Boats on the lake
LocationCap Vert peninsula
Coordinates14°50′N 17°14′W / 14.833°N 17.233°W / 14.833; -17.233Coordinates: 14°50′N 17°14′W / 14.833°N 17.233°W / 14.833; -17.233
Lake typesaline lake
Basin countriesSenegal
Surface area3 km2 (1 sq mi)
Max. depth3 metres (9.8 ft)

Lake Retba or Lac Rose lies north of the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal, north east of Dakar.[1]

It is so named for its pink waters, caused by Dunaliella salina in the water. The color is particularly visible during the dry season. The lake is also known for its high salt content, which, like that of the Dead Sea, allows people to float easily.[1] The lake also has a small salt collecting industry and is often the finishing point of the Dakar Rally. [2]

Many salt collectors work 6–7 hours a day in the lake, which has a salt content close to 40%. In order to protect their skin, they rub their skin with "Beurre de Karité" (shea butter, produced from shea nuts obtained from the Shea nut tree), which is an emollient used to avoid tissue damage.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c Handayani, Wuri; Tasya Paramitha "Danau Pink, Sensasi Wisata Apung di Senegal" (in Indonesian) VIVAnews http://kosmo.vivanews.com/news/read/327036-danau-pink--sensasi-wisata-apung-di-senegal. Retrieved 19 June 2012 
  2. ^ "Le Lac Rose" (in French). UNESCO World Heritage Centre. 18 November 2005. http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/2080/. Retrieved 8 November 2010.