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Lonar Lake: A 50,000-year-old lake in India is just pink and experts don’t know exactly why



That is the question in the minds of people all over India after Lonar Lake in the state of Maharashtra has suddenly changed hues in recent days.

Experts believe the change is likely due to either increased salinity in the water, the presence of algae or a combination of both – such as parts of Utah’s Great Salt Lake or Lake Hillier in Australia.
Gajanan Kharat, a local geologist, said in a video posted on Maharashtra Tourism Twitter feed, that this has happened before, but not as a celebrity.

“This is especially looking this year because this year the salinity of the water has increased,”

; he said. “The volume of water in the lake decreased and the lake became shallow, so the salt went up and caused some internal changes.”

Kharat said researchers are also investigating whether the presence of red algae was caused by the color change.

Samples are being sent to many labs, he said, and “once they have studied it we can definitely tell why the lake’s water has turned red.”

The lake, located about 500 kilometers (311 miles) east of Mumbai, was formed after a meteorite hit Earth about 50,000 years ago, according to CNN affiliate CNN News 18. It is a popular attraction of tourists and studied by scientists around the globe, CNN News 18 reported.




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