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Spotted Lake

British Columbia - May 2017
Spotted Lake is a small lake rich in a variety of minerals, including calcium, sodium sulphates and magnesium sulphate. During the hot summer months, much of the water in the lake evaporates, leaving concentrations of these minerals that form the spots visible in the lake. Throughout the summer, the spots shift in size and colour as the minerals within each change with further evaporation. Colours ranging from blue to green to yellow appear, depending on the mineral makeup of each individual spot.
 
We were visiting Spotted Lake to film material for a Discovery Science Channel program, and we had special permission to go onto the property with an elder from the Okanagan First Nation.

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Even with the lake filled with water after a very rainy month, the spots are still clearly visible.
Later in summer, the water level will drop, exposing the individual pools.

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The beautiful view in Osoyoos, British Columbia.
The spectacular mountains on the way from Osoyoos to Vancouver.

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A nice halo around the sun.
on the shore of Spotted Lake, carrying the flag of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

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