The Water From a Lake in Argentina Becomes Pink

The Water From a Lake in Argentina Becomes Pink
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You know what they say that Hell is like receiving what you hate the most. An Argentinian lake just became the Hell of those who can’t stand the pink color. A lagoon from Patagonia region of the South American country is the place in question. It was once pretty normal.

Later on, pollution kicked in. More precisely, a chemical used for preserving prawns for export is to blame. The result is the lagoon turning bright pink last week, according to Yahoo News.

Sodium sulfite is to blame

The pink color is a result of sodium sulfite doing its thing. We’re talking about an anti-bacterial product that’s used in fish factories.

Residents have complained of bad smells and other issues occurring around the lagoon.

Pablo Lada, who is an environmental activist, blamed the government. He declared for AFP, as quoted by Yahoo News:

Those who should be in control are the ones who authorize the poisoning of people.

Pablo Lada also said, as cited once again by Yahoo News:

Fish processing generates work… it’s true. But these are multi-million-dollar profit companies that don’t want to pay freight to take the waste to a treatment plant that already exists in Puerto Madryn, 35 miles away, or build a plant closer.

The Patagonia region encompasses the vast southernmost tip from Latin America, which is shared by both Argentina and Chile. The Andes Mountains represent the dividing line. As for the Argentine side, it features grasslands, deserts, and arid steppes.

However, there’s also some good news about the pink lake. You know what they say that nothing lasts forever., and it’s also the case here. Juan Micheloud, the environmental control chief for Chubut province, says that the reddish color doesn’t cause damage and will go away in a few days.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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