A lake in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk has suddenly become a popular destination due to its gorgeous turquoise waters. Since the beginning of June people have been heading there to have a dip in its waters and take petty pictures. An Instagram influencer describing it as the Novosibirsk Maldives, since the color of the water contrasted against the dark green of the Siberian forest makes for some quite beautiful scenery. But the lake was built as a power plant ash dump.
The Siberian Generating Company (SGK), which runs the plant and pumps the ash into the lake, has put out a warning about swimming in it, explaining the cause of its vivid aqua color. They posted the information on Russian social network VKontakte, after the ash dump became a viral sensation and the rising of selfies in the spot.
The beautiful hue is due to calcium salts and other metal oxides present in the body of water. The company argues that the substances are not inherently toxic or radioactive, "it's not Chernobyl, of course, but it's still dangerous!", other sources report otherwise.
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