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.
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