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  • The Toxic Lagoon
  • Near the Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth, at 4300 meters (14000 ft) above sea level, lies a toxic lagoon. It is streaked by white borax deposits. As the sun crosses the horizon its strange waters start to metamorphose from a deep morning blue, to purple, to orange, and, by the time the sun reaches its zenith, the lagoon shines bright red. 

    Human’s are frail. We would die from sub-zero temperatures here, from the lack of water and become mummified in a matter of days. Yet there is life here, rare life, a flamingo that was thought to be extinct until it was found in this very lagoon, feeding on the diminute algae that rise towards the sun and give it its characteristic red colour - Life is everywhere.