The color of the 50,000-year-old Lonar Lake in India has turned pink for an unknown reason. As studies continue to reveal the reason behind the change in the color of the lake, scientists think that the increased salinity and algae may have changed the color of the lake.
Lonar Lake, 500 kilometers east of Mumbai, India, has been formed in the huge crater formed by a meteorite hitting the region and has been in existence for thousands of years. Scientists think the lake occurred about 50,000 years ago.
Those who saw the lake, which normally has a blue-green color, were amazed. The 50,000-year-old lake now has a powdery pink color. Nobody knows yet why the color of the lake has turned pink.
Scientists sent samples taken from the lake to the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) to determine the reason behind the lake turning pink. The reason for the color change will be revealed after the examination.
Increased salinity and algae may have caused the color of Lake Lonar to turn pink.
Although it is not yet clear why the color of the lake has changed, scientists already have some predictions. Scientists think that the water level of the lake has dropped significantly this year, and the increased salinity and algae due to the drop in water level can cause the color of the lake to turn pink.
Professor Suresh Mapari, who made a statement regarding the turning of Lake Lonar into pink; Lokmat suggested that the red pigments called carotenoid, which appear due to the blooming of halobacteria and Dunaliella salina algae, turn the color of the water to pink.
How did Lake Lonar come about?
Lonar Lake, which is 150 meters deep and 1.8 kilometers wide, is one of the largest of the crater lakes formed as a result of a meteorite hitting the earth. The lake, discovered in the 19th century, was originally thought to be a lake of volcanic origin. However, in the studies carried out in the lake, the presence of a glass mask, which is the result of extremely high speed effects, showed that there was a cosmic effect behind the formation of the lake.
After determining that Lonar Lake is a crater lake, scientists from all over the world have made studies on the lake. The water of the lake is both alkaline and saline, and studies in 2007 have provided evidence of nitrogen fixation in the lake.
The color of Lonar Lake now turning pink causes scientists to show more interest in the lake. Finding the source of the pink color will cause a colorful moment to be marked in the history of the lake.