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The lake appeared in the Tunisian desert like a mirage; one minute there was nothing but scorching sand, the next a large expanse of turquoise water.
For locals, roasting in the 40C heat, the temptation to cool off in the inviting water quickly overcame any fears about the mysterious pool.
Hundreds flocked to what quickly became known as the Lac de Gafsa or Gafsa beach to splash, paddle, dive, and fling themselves from rocks into the lake, ignoring warnings that the water could be contaminated with carcinogenic chemicals, riddled with disease or possibly radioactive. Even after the water turned a murky green, they arrived in droves, undeterred.
"Some say it is a miracle, while others are calling it a curse," Lakhdar Souid, a Tunisian journalist, told France 24 television.
Shepherds discovered the lake, thought to be up to 18 meters deep and covering one hectare, three weeks ago. Local geologists suspect seismic activity may have ruptured the rock above the water table sending the liquid to the surface. In the first few days, the water was crystal clear; a turquoise blue. Now it's green and full of algae, which means it's not being replenished.
Not really, one of the current theories about this is that the land collapsed to a level just below the ground water line. Its one of the reasons why they want to test the water to make sure no contaminates leeched into the water. No B.S., just untested theories right now.
originally posted by: EA006
a reply to: FearYourMind
Just appeared did it. Anybody else's BS alarm going off?
originally posted by: Vasa Croe
originally posted by: FearYourMind
a reply to: Soloprotocol
The article states that shepherds discovered it three weeks ago. It's out in the middle of nowhere so it could have been there for months.
That's a lot of people playing in it for it to be in the middle of nowhere.
originally posted by: Bilk22
a reply to: FearYourMind
Looking at the pics, I'd say that water hole was there for a while. There's actually a higher water mark than the current level. I call BS on the whole thing. The vegetation is also growing pretty well for a new hole in the ground.
"In the first few days, the water was crystal clear; a turquoise blue. Now it's green and full of algae, which means it's not being replenished," Mehdi Bilel told reporters. He was among the first to visit the new lake.]
"This region is overflowing with large deposits of phosphate, which can leave behind radioactive residue so there is a real risk that the water is contaminated and carcinogenic. There's no security of any kind.
"The site is certainly stunning and there are many large rocks perfect for diving, but it has become infested with green algae, meaning the water is stagnant and conducive to diseases."