Popular Insta-Worthy Turquoise Lake Is Actually A Chemical Waste Dump
By Izza Sofia, 15 Jul 2019
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Instagrammers who are always searching for the perfect photo might be inspired to swarm to this beautiful turquoise lake in Russia.
The ‘Maldives of Novosibirsk’ in Siberia has attracted photographers and newlyweds alike. However, little do they know that this picturesque lake near the town of Novosibirsk is actually a man-made chemical waste dump for a power plant owned by the Siberian Generating Company.
Heating and Electrical Station Number 5 said that the blue water in the lake is the result of high pH levels resulting from calcium salts and metal oxide deposits that could cause allergic reactions on your skin.
A daring Instagrammer claimed that his legs “turned slightly red and itched for two days” when he posed for a photo in the lake together with his unicorn pool float.
The area has become so popular that the Siberian Generating Company has released a statement on Russian social media network VK to warn visitors against letting their skin come into contact with the water.
The company further wrote that the water is “potentially hazardous,” not just because its contents are toxic, but also because “the bottom of the ash dump is muddy,” making it “almost impossible” to leave the reservoir.
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🇷🇺Работяги, плавать там не опасно🚨 На следующее утро мои ноги слегка покраснели и чесались дня два, потом все прошло 🙏🏽 Но что не сделаешь ради таких снимков😋Вода на вкус немного кисловата, похожа на мел 😝 🇺🇸It,s not dangerous to swim here. The next morning, my legs turned slightly red and itched for two days, but then everything went. But what wouldn’t you do for the sake of such pictures? The water tastes a little sour 🤮 #новосибирскиемальдивы #золоотвалтэц5 #золоотвал #золоотвалнск #тэц5
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