Lake Salda, located in Yesil Ufa, Burdur, Turkey, is famous for its natural resemblance to the Maldives. The area includes places for camping and accommodation in the vicinity of the lake for tourists, as well as various activities such as bicycle tours, bird watching, swimming and diving.
The eye-catching blue lake surrounded by green nature is a popular destination for photography enthusiasts.
Salda .. Maldives, Turkey
Despite its picturesque beauty and the love of nature lovers to visit it, Lake Salda in western Turkey, which has become known as the Turkish Maldives, carries - in addition to its distinctive nature - a scientific value that may change human life. And, "If you want to know about the Jezero depression on Mars, you must visit Lake Salda in Turkey," this is what the US space agency "NASA" said in a tweet on Twitter.
Lake Salda protection
Prof. Dr. Gandan Gökçeoglu, a teacher at the Department of Geological Engineering at Haji Tepe University, warns in a report broadcast by Anadolu Agency that Lake Salda is a “unique place in terms of natural and scientific as well,” and stresses in this regard that this lake “is one of the places that must be protected. Scientifically. "
She points out that “Lake Salda enjoys the highest level of protection by the state, which has been declared a special protected environmental zone,” stressing that “we must not leave the issue of protection to the state only, but we must play our role as individuals, as we must realize the scientific value of this place, with knowledge of That there is a live activity that is taking place. "
And about how to protect the lake, she says that "those who love it can view it from a distance, take pictures, and they can enjoy the general view of it without the need to go down beyond the limit."
Gökçeoglu continues, "There is a high possibility that the echoes of Lake Salda will radiate around the world in mid-2022, as a result of the research that will be conducted on samples taken from Mars."
She points out that "if there is a metallic similarity between the Salda and Jizero lakes, it will be possible for humans to say that Mars is 3.5 billion years younger than Earth, and it is on its way to becoming a planet similar to Earth."
She explains that "the analyzes that will be made on the samples taken from Mars, and the method of formation of Lake Salda, will be the most important evidence for this issue," stressing that "this is a very important development in terms of human history and science."
"There are strong signals that support the resemblance to Lake Jezero, on Mars, with Lake Salda," explains the doctor, explaining the NASA tweet in a report broadcast by Anadolu Agency.
Gökçeoglu, a member of the Scientific Council for the Environment and Natural Organisms, added, in her speech to Anatolia, that "NASA will take some samples from Mars through the" Perseverance "space probe, to find out the quality of minerals on that planet, and for this reason NASA is interested in Lake Salda closely." .
She explains that "it is possible to determine the type of minerals that may be on a surface, through the value of the reflection of sunlight through satellite images."
And she reminds that "the algae found in Lake Salda - which are very primitive creatures - called stratomatolites (considered the oldest microbes on Earth), produce a type of magnesium carbonate mineral."
She adds that "similarities between the minerals in Lake Salda and Lake Jezero on Mars were identified, using morphological methods (a science concerned with studying the shape and structure of living organisms and their distinctive characteristics) and remote sensing."
Gökçeoglu notes that "algae, which are considered primitive creatures, are very important for the formation of life and the atmosphere."
And she continues, "NASA is trying to understand whether what is happening on Mars is similar to what happened on Earth 3.5 billion years ago? Therefore, the samples that will be brought by the spacecraft will fully clarify whether there are activities of primitive creatures or not."
And she added, "The current data indicate that Lake Jizero, located on Mars, is very similar to Lake Salda, whether in terms of morphology or mineralogy."
Gökçeoglu asserts that "there are strong signals that support this similarity, which is why NASA is closely interested in Lake Salda."