Picturesque Lake Popular on Instagram is Actually a Chemical Waste Dump

Instagram users urged to stop taking selfies in toxic Russian pond

Instagram users have been warned against swimming in the body of water, a man-made lake nicknamed the "Novosibirsk Maldives" because its vibrant blue color comes from metal oxides dumped in it from a nearby coal plant, according to recent reports from CNN, The Moscow Times, and Mashable. "You CANNOT swim in the ash dump".

The statement, which noted that the artificial lake had become a "star of social media", cautioned people against touching the water and stressed that swimming is prohibited.

Crystal-clear turquoise water against the backdrop of a clear blue sky along the beach may very well be the makings of a ideal Instagram post. Contact with the water could cause an allergic reaction, and the muddy bottom of the lake could make it hard to get out.

"Yes, the water itself is toxic but we did not swim in it and did not touch it", she said.

They added that the bottom of the pond is apparently very muddy, which could make it hard for swimmers to escape.

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Still, people are flocking to the site to get that flawless IG photo. Despite efforts to warn people about the toxic lake, the area is still flocked by Instagrammers risking to take selfies.

The Siberian pond even has its own Instagram account, which boasts over 150 posts showing visitors posing near the water in bathing suits, or even on the water in pool floats or on stand-up paddle boards.

Like Zheleznova, most people respected the warnings, choosing to take their pictures on shore. It even seemed to attract more visitors. Still, she wrote that she thought the danger was "slightly exaggerated".

In its June statement, the power plant company said that two independent laboratories confirmed the ash dump isn't poisonous and the "radiation hue there is fine". "Skin contact with such water may cause an allergic reaction!" It was built in the 1970s and is the largest of its kind in Siberia.

It is not a lake at all, merely the result of calcium salts and other metal oxides from the nearby thermal power station, which provides energy to the city of Novosibirsk. "This didn't stop some Russians to organize whole picnics by the lake".

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