The beautiful blue waters of the man-made pond, nicknamed the “Novosibirsk Maldives,” are literally caused by a close-by coal plant.
Government officials are warning tourists to stay away from traveling to the “Novosibirsk Maldives,” a lake that appears natural and beautiful however is actually man-made and probably dangerous.
The body of water is found close to the Russian city of Novosibirsk and received its nickname for its sky-blue water, which is comparable to the Maldives, a group of islands that are a popular luxury vacation destination in the Indian Ocean. The location has been increasing in popularity with Instagram users, who flock to the area to snap a photograph with the supernatural H20.
The Siberian pond even has its own Instagram account, which boasts over 150 posts showing visitors posing close to the water in bathing suits, or perhaps on the water in pool floats or on stand-up paddle boards.
However, officials claim the water’s unbelievable blue color is actually the results of a colossal ash dump from a close-by coal plant, and are asking visitors to stay afar from the realm.
According to the Moscow Times, “this lake isn’t a natural miracle in the least, but an ash dump into that CHPP-5 the coal plant is dumping waste.”
The power plant in question, the Siberian Generating Company, claims that whereas the pond is ‘not technically toxic,’ visitors shouldn’t go swimming in the body of water.
One local who took some photos alongside the pond last month, told Mashable that though there wasn’t any detectable odor, she still stayed clear of getting into the water.
“The whole periodic table is in there,” she said.
The Siberian Generating Company took to Russian social media website VK last month to clarify specifically what chemicals are in the water, attributing the color to “calcium salts and other metal oxides are dissolved in it. a corporation representative warned, “skin contact with such water might cause an allergic reaction.”
The company additionally declared that the bottom of the pond is extremely muddy, which makes it tough for swimmers to gain solid footing just in case of an emergency.
One Instagram user commented on a photograph of the pond, claiming that after swimming in the water, “the next morning, my legs were slightly red and itchy day two, and then it went away.”