Salda Lake, located in a closed basin in Burdur Province, Yeşilova District, with a depth of 184 meters, is a highly alkaline lake with an area of ??44 km2 with no outflow. Salda Lake, located between the Taurus Mountains at an altitude of 1193 meters from the sea, has a very rich structure in terms of magnesium, and the beach of the lake has a white color due to the magnesium in the water.
The most important feature that distinguishes Salda Lake from other lakes is; It has a geobiochemical ecological process suitable for stromatolite formations. At the end of this process; White colored hydromagnesite-containing stromatolites are formed at the base. It is stated in various sources that these sediments, which are formed as a result of climate, geological structures and the interaction of bacteria and Cyanobacteria, first started to form on earth 3.5 billion years ago. In a sense, they are considered to be the oldest fossils. Today, modern stromatolite formations, which are current examples of these fossils, are observed in Salda Lake.
The similarities between the hydromagnesite-containing stromatolites that are currently formed in Salda Lake and the carbonate-containing rocks on Mars are also included in the current publications, which NASA also draws attention to.
As of 15/10/2020, visitors are prohibited from entering the water in the White Islands section.
> Requirement units are built using wooden materials at a minimum level.
> A serious protection has been provided with the measures we have taken, and the measures continue to be increased gradually every year.
> A smoke-free air zone has been created on the shore of Salda Lake. Salda Lake water quality has been improved.
> A 24/7 camera system has been installed to control the area. It is carefully examined.
How to get to Salda Lake?
Turkey's magnificent natural beauty Salda Lake is located close to the provinces of Burdur, Denizli, Isparta and Antalya. These four cities can be reached by intercity buses departing from all over Turkey.
You can go to Isparta, Denizli and Antalya by plane and then go to Salda by public transport. One of the closest airports to Salda Lake is in Isparta.
The distance between Isparta Süleyman Demirel Airport and Salda Lake is 109 km. You can go to Burdur from the airport and then go to Salda Lake by public transport. Transportation from Isparta Airport to Burdur.
If you go to Burdur, take the Yeşilova minibuses that depart every hour from the bus station. In Yeşilova, take the minibuses that continue in the direction of Denizli and get off at Salda Lake, which is 5 km away.