The Weekly Avocado
July 5, 2012 § Leave a Comment
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve flown into San Francisco or Oakland and wondered what these crazy/beautiful colorful areas of water were… Salt ponds. It’s pretty amazing to see such natural beauty and where we truly get our aesthetic inspiration from… how much nature directly affects fashion is rad to think about.
Below a little explanation as to how it works… learn something new everyday
“The palette of colors that makes the salt ponds such a vibrant sight reflects a complex ecosystem. Colors in salt ponds range from pale green to deep coral pink, and indicate the salinity of the ponds. Microorganisms create these spectacular colors, changing their own hues in response to increasing salinity. In low-to mid-salinity ponds, green algae proliferate, lending the water a green cast. As the salinity increases, an algae called Dunaliella out-competes the other microorganisms in the pond, and the color shifts to an even lighter shade of green. In mid-to high-salinity ponds, high salt concentrations actually cause the Dunaliella to produce a red pigment. Millions of tiny brine shrimp in mid-salinity ponds contribute an orange cast to the water. Halophilic (salt-loving) bacteria such as Stichococcus also contribute red tints to high-salinity brine. Weather can affect the colors of the ponds. When wind creates choppy conditions, the colors appear murkier. Heavy rain can dilute the brine, causing the colors to shift toward the hues found in lower-salinity ponds or even turn the water clear” -Kite Aerial Photography