Lake Salda is widely referred to as “Turkey’s Maldives” because of its pristine blue oceans and coastline, but experts think the lake may provide more than just beauty. Researchers from Istanbul Technical University (ITÜ) recently finished a study supported by the Ministry of Environment, Urban Planning, and Climate Change in the lake in the western province of Burdur. Any similarities between Lake Salda’s microscopic life and Mars, a planet that is literally millions of miles distant, are being investigated. This work will serve as a roadmap for future research on samples that NASA missions have returned from Mars.
The lake, a popular tourist destination, received worldwide attention after NASA uploaded images of it on social media and made a comparison to the Jezero Crater on Mars, where it had sent its Perseverance Rover last year.
Salda Lake in Burdur’s Yeşilova neighbourhood welcomes visitors in the autumn. Salda Lake, which the US Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) claimed to have a similar mineral formation and geological structure to Jezero Crater on Mars, caught people’s attention because of its white sand and blue water.
The lake was opened to guests from various Turkish provinces and foreign countries. Salda Lake’s attractiveness increased with the arrival of autumn. Several tourists from home and abroad grabbed selfies close to Lake Salda while others went swimming. With the exception of the White Islands portion of the lake, which will no longer be accessible after October 15, 2020, according to the Ministry of Environment, Urbanization, and Climate Change, swimming is permitted at Public Beach, Natural Park, Doanbaba Beach, and Kayadibi Beaches.
Yeşilova District Governor Erdem Yenisoy stated that Salda welcomes summer and winter visitors. Stating that he came from Izmir to see Salda Lake, Talat Ali Kündeş said:
“It is a very enjoyable place. Every place in our country is beautiful, but this place is more beautiful.”