WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- In India, Lonar Lake has naturally transformed from a deep green color to light pink for only a short period.
- The mysterious lake was discovered in 1823 by a British, and while was initially believed to be a volcanic crater, experts declared the cause of its existence as a meteorite impact.
- An expert from Accuweather suggests that the lake’s sudden change in color could either be because of algae development or chemical changes.
Typically, large bodies of water don’t alter much over short periods. Other than freezing during winter, lakes are usually resistant to change.
The landmark Lonar Lake in India has recently differed by suddenly changing its appearance from deep green to pinkish color quickly.
Because of this recent occurrence, the lake that rests in a giant meteor crater is now even a more prominent tourist than ever before.
As of date, experts are still yet to determine what caused the unexpected change in shade.
Before this development, the lake is already unique because it exists because of a meteorite strike. Other than that, though, the crater’s location is relatively isolated, and its water is mostly alkaline and salty as well.
The lake’s color has always been bluish-green for decades, and tourists frequent the place mainly because of its scenery, the mountainous ring surrounding the crater’s edge.
NASA said India or Maharashtra’s Lonar Crater was discovered and named in 1823 by a British field marshal named C.J.E. Alexander. The crater was settled inside a large volcanic basalt rock, called a Deccan Plateau, caused by eruptions approximately 65 million years ago.
While geologists earlier believed it’s a volcanic crater, experts later concluded that ring was caused by a meteorite hit approximately 35,000 and 50,000 years ago.”
Wildlife did not flourish in the lake as it was too salty for marine species.
What still bothered the experts though us the change of its color, making it even more fascinating.
Scientists argue that when a massive body of water shifts its color, it’s usually related to the variations in the microorganisms that live there.
Thus, the most reasonable theory points out to the lake’s potential algae bloom or a sudden shift in its chemical composition, as explained by AccuWeather’ James Andrews.
He further detailed by saying that the lake must have developed a seasonal pink algal bloom. Andrews did not also discount the plausibility of the unusual materialization of hydroxide that can only be caused by pH or chemical changes.
Experts agree that the lake will now have more visitors than ever before, and some studies may be conducted that would offer a more precise explanation of the phenomena.
Source: New York Post