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Novosibirsk “Maldives” lake

CNN worte about this new Instagram star, a lake in the far Siberia.

The calm turquoise waters are a magnet for Instagrammers desperate to take the perfect selfie.
But the “Novosibirsk Maldives,” as this Siberian lake has been dubbed, is no natural beauty.

It’s a highly toxic artificial pond used to dump ash from a nearby coal plant, and, warns the company that runs the plant, unsafe for swimming in. 

The company went on to warn in capital letters: “THEREFORE, WE ASK YOU VERY MUCH THAT IN YOUR QUEST FOR A SELFIE YOU DON’T FALL DOWN INTO THE ASH DUMP! THIS IS THE BIGGEST RISK.”

The water gets its spectacular color from its depth and the various metal oxides dissolved in it, the company said. It is also extremely alkaline, with a pH of more than 8.

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