Lonar Lake Turned Pink Overnight In Maharashtra

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News: Maharashtra’s Lonar lake has changed its colour to pink prompting scientists to investigate the possible cause.

Facts:

  • 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.