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The Yucatan Coloradas

The Yucatan Coloradas or Las Coloradas is the name of a community on the northern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, but also across artificial lakes for the production of sea salt. The lakes, as well as the community, are named after the unusual color of the water that comes from microorganisms. Also, these lakes are a habitat for a colony of about 25,000 pink flamingos, which feed on these pink microorganisms. The Las Coloradas town, and the salt factory management since the 1940s have recognized the importance and potential of these phenomena, so they have adapted their production to preserve microorganisms and the bird population. And this is not the first time in history: according to archaeological research, the Maya produced salt in this area more than 2,000 years ago.

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