New Delhi: In a strange phenomenon, the famed Lonar lake of Maharashtra has mysteriously turned pink leaving forest officials and scientists confused as the lake on normal days stays greenish in colour.
According to experts, this is not the first time that the colour of the lake has changed but this time it is more glaring.
The Lonar Lake, 113 hectare in size, was created when an asteroid collided with earth some 50,000 years ago during the Pleistocene Epoch.
Gajanan Kharat, member of the Lonar lake conservation and development committee, while speaking to the media, said: “There are algae in the water body. The salinity and algae can be responsible for this change.”
“There is no oxygen below one meter of the lake’s water surface. There is an example of a lake in Iran, where water becomes reddish due to increase in salinity,” he added.
The forest department has been instructed to collect water samples from the lake and find out the reason for the sudden change of colour of lake.
Kharat also added that the current water level in the lake is low as compared to other years as there has not been any rain to pour fresh water in it.
“The low level of water may lead to increased salinity and change in the behaviour of algae because of atmospheric changes…This may be the reason for colour change. This is not the first time that the colour of water has changed,” he said.
Experts also suggest that the sudden change in colour of the lake may also be due to the nationwide lockdown when there has been no disturbances to the water in the past few months.