Saturday, July 28

Do you know Larnaca salt lake?

First, let us not worry about whether the lake is literally salty or not.

Learn some about its location and history.
Location: Cyprus.

Larnaca Salt Lake lies to the west of the town of Larnaca. It is a complex network of four salt lakes of different sizes. The largest is lake Aliki followed by lake Orphani, lake Soros and lake Spiro. They form the second largest salt lake in Cyprus after the Limassol Salt Lake.

The salt lake forms following the rains of winter months. During the summer, especially July and August, the lake dries out, leaving behind its storehouse of salt.

The Legend:
According to legend, the lake's saltiness stems from St Lazarus' request of an old woman for food and drink. She refused, claiming her vines had dried up, to which Lazarus replied: "may your vines be dry and be a salt lake forever more."

A more scientific explanation is that the salt water penetrates the porous rock between the lake and the sea, making the water very salty.

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