The day following the strange spectacle of the water in the Lonar lake located in the Buldhana district turning pink, it w3as informed that samples from the lake were sent to the Agarkar Research Institute in Pune and the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute in Pune by the State Forest Department.
Sanjay Rathod, Minister of Forest of the State stated that the samples were sent for study after the miracle was witnessed for the first time on the 9th of June 2020.
Dr. Milind Shirbhate, professor of Shankarlal Khandelwal College has collected the samples and sent them to the above-mentioned research institutes on being appointed and directed by the Forest Department.
Lonar lake which is a geo heritage site was formed after the Earth was hit by a meteorite hit it around fifty thousand years ago. The lake was marked as a geo heritage monument and it has saline water. The lake is located at a distance of five hundred kilometers from India’s financial capital, Mumbai. It has been a prominent spot for the tourists. The lake has also garnered attraction from scientists and researchers from around the world.
The lake is a part of a sanctuary as it is under their area and therefore the responsibility for its management is borne by the Forest Department for proper maintenance. The lake has a mean diameter of around 1.2 km.
The astounding phenomena of the change in the color have not only left the inhabitants awestruck but also equally left nature enthusiasts and researchers in amazement.
According to Mr. Rathod, the experts have accredited this change in color to dilution of halobacteria with the Dunaliella algae which have formed a beta carotene pigment over the lake and resulted in the change in the color of the water to pink.
Mr. Rathod’s statement was quoted as follow according to reports:
“There have been such instances in other parts of the world. In a lake in Iran, the water turns reddish due to an increase in salinity. We are still studying the phenomenon, but it is certain that no artiﬁcial occurrence resulted in the change in color.”