Crazy rainbow lake suddenly appears in desert

Crazy rainbow lake suddenly appears in desert

(CNN) — Do not adjust your screen settings: the crazily vibrant colors of this lake in Australia are all natural.

A rare flood has transformed the country’s Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre from an arid salty basin to a spectacular, watery oasis — a striking spectrum of colors, from aquamarine blue to rose pink and bright white.
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The salt dilutes the water and causes algae to grow, creating the colors in the water.

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Water only floods the desert lake — which is the lowest point on the continent — every three to 10 years. It becomes completely flooded only three times every 160 years.

The reason for the multi-colored hue? The salt dilutes the water and causes algae to grow.

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This natural phenomenon doesn’t happen often.

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The lake has flooded this year because of water from heavy tropical rains in Queensland made the journey 100 kilometers across the Australian outback.

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Seeing the lake from above is an incredible experience.

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Tourists and photographers have been flocking to the lake to admire this incredible spectacle. No one knows how long it’ll remain flooded and for some it could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

When the water comes, wildlife follows and pelicans can be seen dotted around the bright-colored water.