• photography landscape nature colorful science aerial biology salt microbiology Pond ecology Kite Ponds san francisco bay south bay Archaea halophile extremophile evaporation NaCl sodium chloride KAP Cargill saltern hypersaline brine microbiota afracturedreality •
photography landscape nature colorful science aerial biology salt microbiology Pond ecology Kite Ponds san francisco bay south bay Archaea halophile extremophile evaporation NaCl sodium chloride KAP Cargill saltern hypersaline brine microbiota
photography landscape nature colorful science aerial biology salt microbiology Pond ecology Kite Ponds san francisco bay south bay Archaea halophile extremophile evaporation NaCl sodium chloride KAP Cargill saltern hypersaline brine microbiota
photography landscape nature colorful science aerial biology salt microbiology Pond ecology Kite Ponds san francisco bay south bay Archaea halophile extremophile evaporation NaCl sodium chloride KAP Cargill saltern hypersaline brine microbiota
photography landscape nature colorful science aerial biology salt microbiology Pond ecology Kite Ponds san francisco bay south bay Archaea halophile extremophile evaporation NaCl sodium chloride KAP Cargill saltern hypersaline brine microbiota
photography landscape nature colorful science aerial biology salt microbiology Pond ecology Kite Ponds san francisco bay south bay Archaea halophile extremophile evaporation NaCl sodium chloride KAP Cargill saltern hypersaline brine microbiota
photography landscape nature colorful science aerial biology salt microbiology Pond ecology Kite Ponds san francisco bay south bay Archaea halophile extremophile evaporation NaCl sodium chloride KAP Cargill saltern hypersaline brine microbiota
photography landscape nature colorful science aerial biology salt microbiology Pond ecology Kite Ponds san francisco bay south bay Archaea halophile extremophile evaporation NaCl sodium chloride KAP Cargill saltern hypersaline brine microbiota

Salt Pond Ecosystem

The color of 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 and lend the water a green cast. As the salinity increases, an algae called Dunaliella out-competes other microorganisms in the pond, and the color shifts to an even lighter shade of green. In mid-salinity ponds, millions of tiny brine shrimp clarify the brine and contribute an orange cast to the water. And in mid-to high-salinity ponds, high salt concentrations actually trigger the Dunaliella to produce a red carotenoid pigment. Halophiles, such as Halobacteria and Stichococcus, also contribute red tints to the hypersaline brine.

Kite aerial photographs by Charles “Cris” Benton.


report
1413 notes / posted 1 year 2 months ago
photography landscape nature colorful science aerial biology salt microbiology Pond ecology Kite Ponds san francisco bay south bay Archaea halophile extremophile evaporation NaCl sodium chloride KAP Cargill saltern hypersaline brine microbiota
photography lights light sky landscape clouds nature US travel california USA mist America bridge cloud san francisco misty Golden Gate Bridge golden gate ca vertical bay area bay sf bay area paene
photography photo bridge san francisco bay area Bay Bridge mkang
Important: All Bay Area Followers
Stay out of Richmond and San Pablo and its surrounding areas. Chevron refinery set on fire & currently exploding. Hazmat alert. Anyone in that area, stay indoors, cover your doors with wet towels and seal your windows with tape. Winds can carry toxic chemicals to surrounding cities.
landscape night tour building aerial fly san francisco flying sf pyramid vertical bay area flight aircraft airplane aviation cessna transamerica Bay Bridge c1v coit tower telegraph hill embarcadero 172 embarcadero center 172sp skyhawk bay tour general aviation sfobb
popular landscape featured evening california USA Twilight bridge san francisco bay Bay Bridge san francisco bay pete piriya
dope ocean sea bridge san francisco ca bay area hyphy nor cal Bay Bridge the bay
landscape san francisco bay area artists on tumblr evan thompson photography sanfrancisco photographers on tumblr lensblr
photography san francisco nikon sf bay area hua
photography sky landscape moon water US travel USA san francisco Golden Gate Bridge vertical bay paene
gif photography lights landscape city scenery bridge bay ftsup san franciscio okaland
mygifs california vertical Bay Bridge landscape gif vertical gif san franciso