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

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

This has been the question in the minds of people across India since Lake Lonar in the state of Maharashtra suddenly changed shades in recent days.

Experts believe that the change is probably 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 the Lake Hillier in Australia.
Gajanan Kharat, a local geologist, said in a video posted on Twitter feed of Maharashtra Tourism, that this had happened before, but was not so obvious.

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

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

The samples are being sent to several laboratories, he said, and “after studying it, we will be able to say definitively why the lake’s water has turned red.”

The lake, about 500 kilometers (311 miles) east of Bombay, was formed after a meteorite hit Earth 50,000 years ago. according to subsidiary CNN CNN News 18. It is a popular tourist attraction and has been studied by scientists around the world, CNN News 18 reported.

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