Water in an ancient Indian lake suddenly turns pink

Water in an ancient Indian lake suddenly turns pink

The waters of the ancient Lake Lonar in the Indian state Maharashtra suddenly turned pink just a few days ago. Scientists are finding out exactly what caused this unusual phenomenon.

Experts have some assumptions: they believe that the color of the water could be affected by an increase in the concentration of salt, algae, or a combination of these two factors. There is already an example of such a phenomenon in the world — this is part of the Great Salt Lake in Utah and Lake Hillier in Australia.

Gajanan Harat, a local geologist, said in a video that this lake had already acquired a pink color, but this is not it was so noticeable, writes CNN.

“It looks especially red this year because the salinity of the water has increased this year,” he said. “The amount of water in the lake has decreased, the lake has become shallower, so the salinity has increased and caused some internal changes.”

According to him, experts are already investigating whether the appearance of red algae affects the color of the water. Harat said that samples were sent to several laboratories in order to find out exactly the cause of this phenomenon.

Lake Lonar is located about 500 kilometers east of Mumbai. It was formed about 50,000 years ago, after a meteorite fell to Earth. Lonard is a popular tourist attraction and a subject of study by scientists around the world.