09. 03. 2017
Salt lake, located in Melbourne Westgate Park, turned pink. This situation is caused by the changes in weather conditions, namely, too high air temperature and a prolonged absence of precipitation.
Unicellular algae Dunalliela, which grow on the bottom of the lake, produce a special pigment of pink color. So only the weather recovers, the water will get its natural shade.
Similar cases were noticed in the lakes of Canada, Senegal, and Spain.
The experts unanimously state that this situation is not dangerous for people. Although it seems that the water has changed its color due to some industrial disaster. But swimming in such a lake is not worth still because its bottom is too salty and muddy.
The scientists note that the water in this lake is several times saltier than the sea.