Why Australia’s Westgate Park lake turned pink

Date:13 March 2017 Tags:, ,

After weeks of high salt levels and temperatures in addition to lots of sunlight and little rainfall, the salt lake in Melbourne, Australia’s Westgate Park turned a shocking shade of pink this week in a seasonal natural phenomenon.

By Lyndsey Matthews

“Algae growing in the salt crust at the bottom of the lake produces the red pigment (beta carotene) as part of its photosynthesis process and in response to the extremely high salt levels,” Parks Victoria explained in a Facebook post.

While the natural phenomenon makes the water look beautiful, Parks Victoria warns people to look and not touch.

“Enjoy the views, but we recommend you don’t come into contact with the water,” the post reads.

That hasn’t stopped people from flocking to the lake, however, to Instagram the pretty pink water.

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If you want to see the pink lake at Westgate Park for yourself, you’re going to need to go soon. Parks Victoria says the water will return to its normally murky color (seen below) when the weather gets colder and rainier as Australia’s summer comes to an end in the coming weeks.

Credit: Facebook/Parks Victoria

 

 

This article was originally written for and posted by Popular Mechanics USA.