Located near the city of Osoyoos in British Columbia, Canada is an extraordinary lake that assumes a quirky appearance on certain times of the year. When the sunshine pours in during the summer, water from the lake evaporates, leaving behind large spots of multi-colored mineral pools.
This strange occurrence is accounted for by the Spotted Lake’s high mineral composition, including magnesium sulfate, calcium and sodium sulphates. Depending on the concentration of certain minerals left behind in each pool, the spots would assume white, light yellow, green or blue color. The areas where magnesium sulfate crystallizes and hardens in the summer heat forms natural white “walkways” around and between the spots.
During the First World War, the minerals of the lake were harvested to create ammunition in factories in eastern Canada. However, for the local tribes, the lake is considered to have a mystical healing power, with each “spot” having its own unique medicinal properties.
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