Mysterious lake appears in Tunisia desert now inhabited by algae

A mysterious lake which suddenly appeared in the Tunisian desert last week is drawing in Tunisians in the region who seek to cool off from the sweltering summer heat.

Named “Gafsa Beach” by the locals, the new landmark, which is estimated… to be one million cubic metres over more than a hectare, with a depth of between 10 and 18 metres, has attracted more than 600 visiters.

However, the local authorities have warned that the water could be carcinogenic or radioactive, as it has already turned murky green with algae despite starting off a crystalline blue.

“This lake is located in an area rich in phosphate deposits, which leave residue that is sometimes strongly radioactive… So there is a real risk the water is contaminated and carcinogenic,” Mr Lakhdar Souid wrote in Tunisia Daily.

Although no official explanation has been offered, some geologists have stated that seismic activity may have caused groundwater to rise to the surface.

 

Photo caption: Local authorities have warned that the water could be carcinogenic or radioactive, as it has already turned murky green with algae despite starting off a crystalline blue.

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