In a mysterious turn of events, Maharashtra’s 52,000 Year Old Lake has turned a gorgeous shade of pink, leaving a number of people baffled. This is the first time it has ever happened in recorded history and we have to say that the images are absolutely stunning. Take a look here
— Lonar Crater (@LonarIndia) June 10, 2020
Lonar Crater Turns Pink
Lonar Crater Lake was formed when a meteor hit the Earth. In fact, it is one of the few meteor hit lakes in the world and Earth’s largest and only hyper-velocity impact crater in basaltic rock. Located in a small town of Buldhana district of Maharashtra, Lonar Lake was formed around 52,000 years ago when a meteor weighing 2 million tonnes hit the ground. It was said to be travelling at an estimated speed of 90,000 km/hour to leave such an impact. The fact that it points towards it extraterrestrial origin is the presence of this glass called maskelynite which is formed only from high velocity impacts.
The water in the lake is usually green coloured and is a stunning sight in itself, but we have to admit that this sight is even more goregous. Pretty in pink indeed!.
56000 year old lonar crater sanctuary lake in India's Maharashtra turns pink. Lonar Lake was created by an asteroid collision and one of the few crater lakes across the world. pic.twitter.com/yGhdtst00A
— Sidhant Sibal (@sidhant) June 11, 2020
Forest officials in Maharashtra have still not confirmed why the lake has turned pink, although there are plenty of theories floating around. “Since the past two-three days, the colour of the lake’s water seems to have changed colour. Forest department has been asked to collect a sample for analysis and find out the reason,” Lonar Tehsildar Saifan Nadaf told news agency ANI.
People have taken to Twitter to suggest their own theories, but nothing has been officially confirmed yet.
India- Lonar Crator to turn Pink.
Increased temperature, abundant availability of sunlight & lack of rain water Algae in photosynthesis process for these three reasons Beta carotene forms pigment. So the water turned pink. There is nothing to be afraid of..! @MahaForest pic.twitter.com/b55o8dQdgQ
— Yadav Tarte Patil (@yadavtartepatil) June 10, 2020
If dry seasons & lowering #water levels lead to increased salinity & the overproduction of Dunaliella algae, then we should have seen this phenomenon earlier. But there seems to be no historical record of such colour change. This needs more research.https://t.co/rWTsqbH8Z0
— Amitangshu Acharya (@amitangshu) June 11, 2020
However, this is not the first time that a lake has turned pink. In fact just recently, Part of Navi Mumbai,s Talawe Wetland Turned Into A Gorgeous Shade Of Pink! Not just in India, but even a Melbourne Lake Turned Pink.
A lot of things have made us go What The Fuck! in 2020, but I have to say that this is definitely one of the more pleasant surprises to wake up to. If you want to check out some truly WTF facts about our India, then enjoy the video below!