Salt Lake (Aghi Lich)
The lake was formed in the late 1970s as a result of the operations of the nearby gypsum plant. People swim in the lake and benefit from the salt water, which is believed to have healing properties for certain diseases.
Salt Lake is located behind the Gypsum factory. As the name suggests, it contains a substantial amount of salt. The lake consists of two basins, with the smaller one being saltier than the larger one.
It is known for its therapeutic properties. The salinity of the lake water is approximately 13%, making swimming in it very easy. Many people compare this lake to the Dead Sea, which has a salinity of 34%. In the salt lake, you can effortlessly float on the water's surface or simply walk through it.
The main outlet of Great Salt Lake is located in the southwest corner. Water flows out from this outlet, helping to maintain the purity of the lake's water.
Little Salt Lake, previously known as "Paravneri Gyol" (meaning "Backwater for elderly women"), is situated a short distance northeast of Large Salt Lake. Notably, its salinity exceeds 25%.
In ancient times, "Backwater for elderly women" referred to a large murky pool where non-swimming adult women would sit on the stones along the shore and soak their feet in the water to alleviate joint pain. However, in recent years, Little Salt Lake has gained popularity and has become increasingly crowded with visitors of various ages and genders who swim, sit, and relax in the water.
Among the healing properties of the salt lake, the primary ones are the treatment of joint pains, relaxation, and strengthening of the nervous system, as well as the treatment of skin diseases such as eczema. It also significantly improves the condition of psoriasis. Visitors to the lake use various methods for effective treatment, including water baths, sunbathing, and mud therapy using black mud extracted from the lake's bottom or plaster raw materials. One can effortlessly float on the water or simply walk through it. The water contains sulfide and calcium salts, along with a small amount of hydrogen sulfide, which experts believe has anti-inflammatory effects. Combined with table salt, these components provide the water with a double healing effect.
The lush reeds surrounding the eastern and northern shores of Great Lake give it a picturesque appearance. The fallen leaves from these reeds sink to the lake's bottom, where they decompose and blend with the water rich in healing properties. This mixture transforms into thick, black mud that settles at the lakebed. Individuals interested in mud therapy utilize this mud for treatment purposes.
Near the basin, there is a "Salt Waterfall," which is a stream of water flowing from a pipe. This clear and cold water cascades down like a waterfall from a height of 3 meters, allowing visitors to cleanse themselves or cool off from the summer heat while receiving a contrast water treatment.