Have you ever seen a miracle happened? If not, then nature showed us a miracle in Gafsa Tunisia. A mysterious lake evolved out of nowhere in the middle of the desert and scientists as well as geologists failed to know the exact reason of its appearance in the desert and thus it is no less than a miracle for the people living near the drought-prone area.
The lake is first seen by Shepherd Mehdi Bilel who was passing by in the desert and spotted it. The lake is named Lac de Gafsa on the nearest town. The lake shined like a glimmering body in the middle of the desert to the shepherds. They don’t know any science and thus called it a miracle. Some people also called this lake as a creation by some supernatural power who blessed the people with this gift.
The formation theory of this mysterious lake as coined by some scientist is a major earthquake that led the groundwater to come above the surface while some believed in the theory that groundwater which collected over rocks had emerged out due to sudden earthquake inside the earth. It’s a hidden mystery that no one had revealed yet.
Tourists from all over the world come to Gafsa, and overnight it became the tourist sensation. People do paddling and boating in the lake, while some even go for scuba diving. The lake is 59 metres deep and covers 2.6 acres of the area estimated. The lake though is a topic of curiosity for most of the people, but it is also turning to be a topic of concern.
Initially, the lake water first was clear and turquoise, but with the passing years, the water is changing to muddy green, showing the growth of algae in it. The sudden change of colour in the lake is said to be the blockage of fresh water and thus turning green with passing days.
One of the reasons for the colour change is due to the presence of phosphate. As there are mining factories located near Gafsa and Tunisia is the fifth highest state in phosphate mining. The Gafsa public safety office has warned people about its content and its harmful effects, though there is no restriction in entering the lake for swimming or diving.
By Anushhka Tiwari
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