Fiery red Lake Natron in Tanzania •

Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at the fiery red Lake Natron in Tanzania.

Lake Natron is mostly inhospitable to life due to its salty, alkaline water. The lake gets its unique chemistry from the frequent volcanic activity in the area.

Among the few species able to survive in these conditions are haloarchaea blooms, which are microorganisms that love salt and give off the vibrant pink and red colors seen in the image.

This natural-color photo was captured by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) onboard the Landsat 8 satellite.

By Rory Arnold,

Source: NASA Earth Observatory

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