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The Siberian Maldives – An Alluring But Dangerous Tourist Attraction

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Russian Instagram users in search of the perfect selfie have been flocking to a lake near the Siberian city of Novosibirsk that boasts turquoise water and white sandy beaches similar to those in the Maldives. But unlike the popular Indian Ocean archipelago, there is nothing natural about its beauty.

 

Dubbed the “Siberian Maldives” or “Novosibirsk Maldives”, the gorgeous lake is actually a man-made toxic dump used to dump ash from a nearby coal plant. The water apparently gets its bright turquoise color from its depth and the calcium salts and other metal oxides dissolved in it. Alluring as it may seem at first glance, the Siberian Generating Company (SGC) warns that its ash-dumping pond has a high pH of more than 8 and cause an allergic allergic reaction in contact with human skin. That hasn’t stopped people from posing for photos on the lake’s beaches and even venturing on the water on paddle boards and inflatable unicorns.

 

“In the last week, our ash dump of the Novosibirsk TEZ-5 has become the star of social networks,” SGC said in a statement published on Russian social network VKontakte. “But you CANNOT swim in the ash dump. Its water has high alkaline environment. This is due to the fact that calcium salts and other metal oxides are dissolved in it. Skin contact with such water may cause an allergic reaction!”

 

The Russian company added that the bottom of the lake is so muddy that it makes getting out “almost impossible”. It claims that the biggest risk is accidentally falling into the ash dump while attempting to get the perfect selfie.

 

“Walking along the ash dump is like walking on a military firing range: dangerous and undesirable,” the official statement warned.

 

 

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A few years back I shared a long boat ride in Malaysia with a fellow who had some sort of gov't job that involved him traveling to Kyrgyzstan.

He loved fresh-water fishing, and said the lakes and rivers there were crystal clear, most pristine water he'd ever seen.  Unfortunately the water was absolutely toxic and could not sustain any sort of marine life.

 

 

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Are there other ash holes in Siberia?

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It sounds like it's a stage for filming real horror. Are they going to make fence to save all those curious buddies from falling into this kind of water or something?

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On 7/12/2019 at 1:59 AM, bendejo said:

A few years back I shared a long boat ride in Malaysia with a fellow who had some sort of gov't job that involved him traveling to Kyrgyzstan.

He loved fresh-water fishing, and said the lakes and rivers there were crystal clear, most pristine water he'd ever seen.  Unfortunately the water was absolutely toxic and could not sustain any sort of marine life.

 

 

I don't know of any lake or river that can sustain marine life, whether in Kyrgyzstan or elsewhere.

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