It was the question of people’s minds over India after the Lonar Lake in the state of Maharashtra suddenly changed its shades in recent days.
Experts believe the change is due either to increased salinity in the water, the presence of algae, or a combination of both – as parts of Utah’s Great Salt Lake or Lake Hillier in Australia.
Gajanan Kharat, a local geologist, said in a video posted to Maharashtra Tourism’s Twitter feed
, that this has happened before, but was not as prominent.
“It looks particularly red this year because this year the salinity in the water has increased,”
; he said. “The amount of water in the lake has decreased and the lake has become shallower, so the salt content has risen and caused some internal changes.”
Kharat said researchers are also investigating whether the presence of red algae caused the color change.
Samples are sent to several laboratories, he said, and “once they have studied it, we will be able to definitively say why the lake’s water has turned red.”
The lake, located about 500 kilometers east of Mumbai, was formed after a meteor hit the Earth about 50,000 years ago, according to CNN affiliate CNN News 18. It is a popular tourist attraction and has been studied by researchers around the world, CNN News reported 18th