soda lake

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soda lake

[′sōd·ə ‚lāk]
(hydrology)
An alkali lake rich in dissolved sodium salts, especially sodium carbonate, sodium chloride, and sodium sulfate. Also known as natron lake.
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Gebre-Mariam, Taylor WD (1997) Bacteria -chlorophyll relationships in Ethiopian lakes of varying salinity: are soda lakes different?
In detailing the company's international research activities, the report states: "To find enzymes that flourish in alkaline environments, like your Saturday wash water, the enzymes that give your jeans a 'softer' feel and a stonewashed look, we looked for them, that's right, in the soda lakes of Kenya.
He witnesses the spectacle of millions of flamingos feeding in caustic soda lakes heated by underground thermal activity and dips his foot in the volcanic pool, but his rubber boots start to corrode in the water.
Lake Nakuru, one of the alkaline soda lakes that dot Kenya's Rift Valley, draws many tourists because of its fame as a flamingo habitat, and is protected under the Ramsar Convention on management of wetlands.
The phosphate mine at Minjingu, which exploits fossil guano on what was once an island in one of the Rift Valley soda lakes, has suspended production because of slow development of markets.
Objective: Soda lakes are extreme environments with pH values between 9 and 11, and salt concentrations up to saturation.
Of the estimated 6m flamingos in the world, of which there are six distinct species, approximately three quarters live in the soda lakes of East Africa, comprising of 3m Lesser Flamingos and half million Greater Flamingoes.
On the valley floor, freshwater and alkaline soda lakes support a staggering array of birdlife.