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In Living Color: A Gallery of Stunning Lakes

This peaceful, purple-tinted lake is located near the Painted Hills of Wheeler County, Ore. The mauve shades of the lake's shores come from iron oxides and other mineral particles that have trickled down into the water from the colorful hills.

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In Living Color: A Gallery of Stunning Lakes

This green-colored lake is located deep in the lush forests of Austria.

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In Living Color: A Gallery of Stunning Lakes

The surreal, pastel hue of Lake Tekapo is the result of finely ground rock particles coming from the waters of melted glaciers. Located in the South Island of New Zealand, the lake's name derives from the Maori words "Taka," which translates to "sleeping mat," and "Po," which means "night."

Acid lakes at the Dallol Volcano in Danakil Desert, Ethiopia | Photo by Pascal Boegli | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dallol_(volcano)

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In Living Color: A Gallery of Stunning Lakes

Tongariro, New Zealand's oldest national park, boasts an emerald-green lake. Located near the volcanic sites of New Zealand's central North Island, the lake gets its unique color from ash and rock particles that have seeped into its water.

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In Living Color: A Gallery of Stunning Lakes

Peyto Lake, located in the Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, is famous for its turquoise waters. Many factors can influence a lake's color, including type and amount of algae growth, water temperature and mineral runoff from surrounding mountains.