Lake turns pink overnight in Melbourne, Australia
Parks officials in Victoria, Australia, are warning visitors to a popular park to avoid contact with a salt lake that has turned bright pink.
The salt lake in Melbourne’s Westgate Park has turned pink, a natural phenomenon that has occurred before in response to very high salt levels, high temperatures, sunlight and lack of rainfall.
lgae growing in the salt crust at the bottom of the lake produces the red pigment (beta carotene) as part of its photosynthesis process and in response to the extremely high salt levels.
The group warned visitors not to drink or touch the pink water.
Enjoy the views, but we recommend you don’t come into contact with the pink water. The lake is expected to return to its normal color towards winter, when the weather cools and rainfall increases.
There are other pink lakes around the world… And even pink beaches!
Spanish river turns bright green overnight alarming residents
Residents living along the Gran Valira River in the Pyrenees mountains were seriously alarmed after discovering their river had turned emerald green overnight.
And before officials explained residents that a harmless dye had intentionally been added to the river giving it the fluorescent color.St. Patrick’s Day is only in 10 days!
The harmless dye had intentionally been added to the river to investigate a water bottling plant.
The substance is non-toxic to people and harmless to the natural environment and is bio-degradable.
The water bottling plant was reportedly linked to a gastroenteritis outbreak in Catalonia last year that left thousands of people sick after they drank from contaminated office water coolers.
Chicago might be the only place where a river suddenly turns bright green without alarming residents. The city annually dyies the Chicago River green the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day.