2015 Anadolu Agency
Erika Owen
July 20, 2015

It's hard to take a photo of Lake Tuz in Aksaray, Turkey that isn't absolutely breathtaking, thanks to its rainbow of reds and pinks. Turns out it's much more than a scenic spot—more than half of Turkey's salt comes from this shallow body of water. The entire lake spans 643 square miles and stays around one-foot deep for most of the year. Come summertime, the water dries up leaving behind a thick layer of brine to be mined.

If you're lucky, you might spot a flamboyance of flamingos along the southern section of the lake. Here's just a taste of what you can see if you ever find yourself in the area:

2015 Anadolu Agency
2015 Anadolu Agency

2015 Anadolu Agency
2015 Anadolu Agency

2015 Anadolu Agency
2015 Anadolu Agency

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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