San Diego Natural History Museum displays a world of wonder: ‘National Geographic: 50 Greatest Landscapes’

Salt-loving algae gives a red color to the hyper-saline waters of Lake Natron in the Great Rift Valley on the border between Tanzania and Kenya.  The lake has an unusual mineral content that is leached from the surrounding volcanoes.  The temperatures in the salty mud can reach 50 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit), and depending on rainfall, the alkalinity can reach a pH of 9 to 10.5 (almost as alkaline as straight ammonia).
In this photo featured in “National Geographic: 50 Greatest Landscapes,” salt-loving algae gives a red color to the hyper-saline waters of Lake Natron in the Great Rift Valley on the border between Tanzania and Kenya.
(George Steinmetz/National Geographic)

Exhibit featuring previously published photographs on display at Balboa Park museum through June 23


Martina Schimitschek