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Lake Natron

Lake Natron:

According to experts, the population of flamingos on Lake Natron is steadily declining as fewer birds return each year due to extreme weather and encroachment.

  • Lake Natron is a salt lake located on the border between Tanzania and Kenya, part of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley.
  • It is a Ramsar site and has a unique composition of warm waters and salt, caustic soda, and magnesite deposits that provide ideal conditions for flamingos to thrive.
  • The lake is fed by the Ewaso Ng’iro River, which originates from the central region of Kenya.
  • One of the most striking features of this Lake is its striking red coloration. The primary reason for its hue lies in its extreme alkalinity.
  • Several factors, including agriculture, pollution, and climate change, are threatening the beauty of this unique ecosystem.