News: Maharashtra’s Lonar lake has changed its colour to pink prompting scientists to investigate the possible cause.
- Lonar Lake: It is a notified National Geo Heritage Monument located at Lonar, Maharashtra.
- Formation: The lake is believed to have been formed when a meteorite crashed into Earth around 50,000 years ago.
- The lake sits inside the Deccan Plateau—a massive plain of volcanic basalt rock created by eruptions some 65 million years ago.
- Uniqueness: The water of the lake is both saline and alkaline in nature, which makes it one-of-its-kind not only in India but also in the world.
- Significance: The lake is mentioned in ancient scripts like the Skanda Purana, the Padma Purana and the Ain-i-Akbari.