Australia lake turns pink and Insta-famous

A lake in a Melbourne park has naturally turned pink, drawing throngs of admirers keen to snap a rosy picture.

General view of the pink lake at Westgate Park, Melbourne, Australia, 26 March 2019.Image copyright
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The man-made salt lake in Melbourne’s Westgate Park has turned a striking bright pink in recent weeks

General view of the pink lake at Westgate Park, Melbourne, Australia, 26 March 2019. Water in the lake at Westgate park has turned pink due to high salt levels and has become a popular tourist destinationImage copyright
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The vivid shade is produced by lots of sunlight, low rainfall and warm temperatures

A wide landscape picture of the pink lake in Westgate Park in March 2019Image copyright
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In those conditions, the lake’s algae produces a red pigment called beto carotene

A group of tourists take a selfie in front of the pink lake at Westgate ParkImage copyright
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The result has seen tourists flock to the waters almost every summer since 2013

Four women dressed in white take pictures of the pink lakeImage copyright
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Some dress up and colour co-ordinate for their pictures against the pink background

A woman crouches down near the edge of the pink lake to take a photoImage copyright
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However, authorities ask visitors not to get too close, as the water’s high salt levels can irritate sensitive skin

A woman uses her phone while framed against the background of the pink watersImage copyright
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On social media, people also warned others of a pungent “rotting eggs” smell

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The lake’s pink colour typically lasts through to late Autumn, until cooler temperatures restore it back to blue

People take photographs of the pink lake at Westgate Park on March 27, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia.Image copyright
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The phenomenon can be seen in other pink lakes in Australia, Spain, Canada and Senegal

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