This Insta-friendly lake is actually a dump for industrial waste.
A man-made lake in Siberia has become a coveted backdrop for social pics, drawing crowds for picnics and photoshoots. Many online have even called the site the “Maldives of Novosibirsk,” comparing the site to the blue lagoons of the tropical Asian nation. But the gleaming water that draws so many is a result of calcium salts and metal oxides deposited by a nearby power plant.
“WE ESPECIALLY REQUEST THAT IN THE PURSUIT OF SELFIES YOU DON’T FALL IN THE ASH DUMP,” the Siberian Generating Company recently stated. “THAT IS THE PRIMARY DANGER.”
According to the company, the site’s radiation levels are not hazardous—they claim independent labs confirmed.
“The ash dump is not poisonous: blue gulls do not fly there, and plants do not die,” they stated.
However, they do warn the water could cause allergic reactions, and the muddy floor of the late makes it “almost impossible” to get out of the water.
One Instagrammer, @ekatrinaaaaks said she thought the concern was exaggerated, stating, “Naturally, you should not swim there, but because of a photo shoot lasting an hour you will not grow a third hand.”
The recent phenomenon echoes the concerns of researchers who reported in a 2018 study more than 250 people died taking selfies between 2011 and 2018.