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Lac de Gafsa, also called 'Mysterious Lake', appeared unexpectedly in 2014 alongside Om Laryes Road, 25 kilometers from the town of Gafsa in Tunisia. The origin of the formation of the lake is not clear. The most likely explanation is that a minor earthquake had ruptured the rock above the water table sending millions of cubic meters of water up to the surface.[1][2]

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Tourist sensationEdit

Since the lake was discovered by desert shepherds, Lake de Gafsa has become a curiosity for locals, and an overnight international tourist sensation. Hundreds have gone just to see the lake, to dive off the picturesque rocks and swim in the lake, and / or scuba dive in it since its discovery.[3]

Testing for radioactivityEdit

The area is rich in phosphate and there are fears the water could be carcinogenic as it might contain radioactive residue. As of 2014, the water was undergoing testing by experts for contamination; however, at that time there was no official ban from swimming in the new lake.[needs update] The lake, which is estimated to be between 18 and 20 meters (59 to 65 feet) deep, has changed from its clear turquoise blue color (as discovered) to a slightly murky green, meaning the fresh flow of water has ceased and the water is now stagnant.[4]

Facebook pageEdit

Tunisian people living in the drought-ridden desert area of the Lake de Gafsa call its creation and appearance a miracle. A Facebook page was founded for visitors to the lake to document the experience.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Lac de Gafsa: Tunisia's Mysterious Lake That Appeared Overnight". www.amusingplanet.com. Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  2. ^ "Mysterious lake in Tunisian desert turns from turquoise to green sludge". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  3. ^ ""Gafsa Beach": Tunisia's mysterious new lake". The France 24 Observers. Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  4. ^ Gates, Sara (2014-08-01). "Mysterious Lake Appears In The Middle Of Tunisian Desert". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  5. ^ https://www.facebook.com/pages/LAC-De-GAFSA/1515412675356524

Coordinates: 34°25′03″N 8°31′56″E / 34.4174°N 8.5323°E / 34.4174; 8.5323