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Owens Lake

California USA

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“psychedelic, pink/red lake”

The lake is currently a large salt flat whose surface is made of a mixture of clay, sand, and a variety of minerals. In wet years, these minerals form a chemical soup in the form of a small brine pond within the dry lake. When conditions are right, bright pink, salt-loving archaea spread across the salty lakebed. Also, on especially hot summer days when ground temperatures exceed 150° F (66 °C), water is driven out of the hydrates on the lakebed creating a muddy brine. More commonly, periodic winds stir up noxious alkali dust storms that carry away as much as four million tons (3.6 million metric tons) of dust from the lakebed each year, causing respiratory problems in nearby residents.

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August 08, 2019

It looked completely dry from the road. So I didn’t make a stop. All I saw was huge white landscape.

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February 16, 2015
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Did not make it here while the brine was red/pink if there was any brine at all during that time. We found a way in I believe off the 136, on the other side of the lake. It looked like a private road for a company that was currently working there, managing the lake for something. So trespassing beware. But if you get in, its a really cool landscape. There are pools of water everywhere, and you can walk around.

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