The Salt Flats of Las Coloradas, Mexico, from Way, Way Up

Two thousand years ago, Mayans began producing salt in the Yucatán Peninsula. Today, these evaporation ponds are part of an area that refines about 750,000 tons of sodium each year – and produces six different types of table salt. The brilliant colour of the water comes from salt-loving micro-organisms, which serve as a source of food – and a source of pigment – for a thriving population of flamingos. In the past few years, the salterns of the Yucatán, and their very pink flamingos, have also become a huge attraction for Instagram photographers, making these colourful lakes famous around the world.

A collaboration with @dailyoverview

October 25, 2019

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