The names of these lakes are Lake Shala, Lake Abijatta and Lake Langano. The water of Shala Lake appears dark blue. Abijatta Lake is seen in green, while Langano Lake is yellow in colour. of live science Report These lakes are located in Ethiopia’s Great Rift Valley, about 200 km south of the capital Addis Ababa, according to the .
These lakes have been captured in pictures by Landsat 8 satellite. It is a satellite of NASA and the US Geological Survey. The satellite took this picture several months ago using its land imager. They were released online on 7 October.
Talking about these African lakes, Shala Lake is about 12 km long and 28 km wide. It is the deepest of the three lakes, with a maximum depth of 266 metres. When seen from the sky, its color appears to be dark blue. There are said to be many vents at the bottom of the lake that pump sulfur into the water. Because of this the lake is very alkaline, which means it has a very high pH. As per reports, the lake has a presence of small crustaceans and microorganisms despite the unsanitary conditions.
Abijatta Lake is about 17 km long and 15 km wide. It is the shallowest of the three lakes, with a maximum depth of 14 metres. There is a lot of variation in its size. In the last 50 years, this lake has lost about a third of its area. The green color of Abijatta Lake is believed to be due to the phytoplankton on its surface.
Whereas, Langano Lake is about 18 km long and 16 km wide. The yellow color of the lake is formed from its brown sediments. It is quite popular among the tourists. It is the only lake in the region which does not have parasitic worms.
It is said that these three lakes were once part of a single body of water, which was known as Lake Galla. About 10,000 years ago, the speed of tectonic plates and changes in rainfall patterns caused Lake Galla to dry up. About 2,000 years ago that lake broke into several parts and later three lakes were formed.