A Rare Natural Phenomenon Has Created a Rainbow Lake in Australia

Jul 14, 2018

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The Outback is going technicolor.

Australia’s Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre, a normally dry desert lake basin north of Adelaide, is experiencing a rare flood that only occurs every three to 10 years. When water rushes into the basin, the salt of the lakebed mixes with the flood water to create the perfect conditions for algae to grow, which causes a rainbow effect in the water.

Vivid blues, pastel pinks and rich golden hues are tinting the flood waters like a kaleidoscope.

The desert has been flooded by tropical rains in Queensland, which rushed more than 60 miles into the lake bed.

Experts aren’t sure how long the dreamy rainbow effect will last, so tourists interested in seeing the surreal waters should use their points and miles to get to Australia and book an aerial tour of the region as soon as possible. (Here are two good options for tour companies).


Featured image by Lachlan Swan via Instagram.

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