Astronaut Oleg Artemyev captured from ISS Maharloo Lake, Iran.

Credit: Oleg Artemyev, Roscosmos

Maharloo Lake is a seasonal salt lake in the highlands 27km southeast of Shiraz, the lake salt is rich in potassium and other salts. Rudkhane-ye-Khoshk, a seasonal river flowing through the city of Shiraz, brings most of the flood water to the lake bed during intensive precipitation events. The growth of bacteria and particularly seaweeds come to change the color of the water which is rich in potassium and salts. By mid-summer and due to high evaporation rates and salt concentrations, the lake water turns pinkish red as a result of the red tide within the lake.

The local scenery on the ground is as follows.

Credit: Wikipedia

Reference: Oleg Artemyev’s Tweet
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