If you have been stuck with us for a while, you must have bumped into a story where we told you about how water in the Lonar lake turned pink overnight.
The lake in Maharashtra’s crater sanctuary in Buldhana district had then spiked the interest of the forest department as they had seen nothing of such sort before.
However, after a month of study, scientists have found why did that happen. The colour of Lonar lake water in Maharashtra’s Buldhana district turned pink due to the presence of the salt-loving ‘Haloarchaea’ microbes.
Haloarchaea actually is a bacteria that creates pink pigment and exists in saline water.
The court, last month, had asked the forest department to send the samples for investigation at the Nagpur-based National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEER) as well as the Agharkar Research Institute in Pune.
The research added that the pink colour wasn’t to stay permanently. Once the biomass of the microbe settled at the bottom, the water became transparent during one such experiment at the labs.
Lonar lake was created thousands of years ago when a meteorite hit the place. Now it is a tourist spot.