A Melbourne Lake Has Turned Pink

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A Melbourne Lake Has Turned Pink

A Post Melbourne salt lake has turned bright pink this week!

Parks Victoria posted photos of Westgate Park's bright pink salt lake earlier this week. 

"Westgate Park’s salt lake has turned pink again this season: a natural phenomenon in response to very high salt levels, high temperatures, sunlight and lack of rainfall. 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."

While the lake is very photogenic, it's suggested that people don't come into contact with the water. It's expected the lake will stay pink until the weather cools down.

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