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Lonar Lake Mysteriously Turns Pink, Leaves Researchers Surprised

The color of the water of Lonar Lake, Maharashtra, has changed to pink. According to reports, researchers are of the opinion that the presence of algae and salinity in this ancient lake may be a probable cause. Experts also said that the change in the color of water of the lake has not happened for the first time.

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While speaking to a local media outlet, a representative of the Lonar lake conservation and development committee, stated that the heritage site has saline water with a Ph level of 10.5. He further added that the presence of algae and salinity might also be responsible for this change.

Researchers state natural causes

According to reports, the representative also said that the oxygen level one meter below Lonar Lake’s surface is 0%. He further added that the water level in this crater lake has been low for the past few years and there has been no downpour to increase it. He also said that low water levels might have increased salinity and change in algae because of certain atmospheric changes.

Another researcher working at the Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University said that it could be a biological change in the river. He further added that seasonal change takes place in river water and that may be the case with Lonar Lake. Not much is known about the sudden change in color. Although, additional studies and reports are expected after the current global health crisis blows off.

History of the lake

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It is one of the only four hyper-velocity, impact craters in basaltic rock. The crater was formed after a meteor impact on earth’s surface. Created more than 50,000 years ago, Lonar Lake has a diameter of 1.2 km and the crater itself is 1.8 wide and 150 metres deep.

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