Crimea: alghe rosa

Published 11 November 2013
On the shores of the Black Sea, on Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula, lies a shallow saltwater lagoon named Sasyk-Sivash Lake. For centuries, traders have collected and sold the pink-tinted salt that the lake produces. The pink color is the result of microalgae that thrive in salty conditions and produce high levels of beta-carotene, a reddish pigment that protects it from the region’s intense sunlight. In autumn, seasonal workers harvest thousands of tons of pink salt for export to Russia, the European Union, and Japan.

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