The water inflow to the salt lake of Howz Soltan in Qom, central Iran, has increased this year due to the abundant spring rainfall, making the red-coloured lake almost full of water.

Howz Soltan salt lake is still full of water despite the arrival of the very hot season in Qom, which leads to an increase in the amount of single-celled algae that reacts to the water evaporation.

The algae produces beta-carotene, a pigment that is in fact a type of red-coloured vitamin. It causes the water of Howz Soltan lake to turn stunningly red.

What follows are YJC’s photos of Howz Soltan lake in central Iran:

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