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Mysterious lake appears in Tunisian desert


Posted on Saturday, 2 August, 2014 | Comment icon 16 comments

Visitors came from far and wide to swim in the water. Image Credit: YouTube / Tunisource
Tourists have been flocking to 'Gafsa Beach' in their droves ever since word of its existence got around.
Discovered by shepherds three weeks ago, the large expanse of water has become something of a tourist hotspot with people swimming, diving and enjoying themselves in what essentially amounts to an oasis in the middle of an otherwise dry and drought-ridden land.

Scientists have estimated that the pool, which has since turned a shade of green due to algae, could contain more than one million cubic metres of water across an area of one hectare.

No official explanation has been given for how it came to be there however some experts believe that it may have been caused by groundwater being forced to the surface by seismic activity.

Despite its popularity however the lake's waters are not quite as clean as they may appear.

"This lake is located in an area rich in phosphate deposits, which leave residue that is sometimes strongly radioactive," said journalist Lakhdar Souid.

"So there is a real risk the water is contaminated and carcinogenic."


Source: Independent | Comments (16)

Tags: Gafsa Beach, Water, Tunisia

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by Big Jim on 2 August, 2014, 23:48
Craters in Siberia, lakes in the desert. What's going on? The water should be easy enough to test for radioactivity.
Comment icon #8 Posted by OverSword on 3 August, 2014, 0:09
"Some say it is a miracle, while others are calling it a curse," LOL! I stubbed my toe and the next day this lake appeared. It's evil I tell you, EVIL!
Comment icon #9 Posted by RaymondEternal on 4 August, 2014, 12:51
So those people swimming might become *mutants*
Comment icon #10 Posted by Calibeliever on 4 August, 2014, 18:25
Possibly contaminated and carcinogenic.... Even radioactive maybe! Yikes "This lake is located in an area rich in phosphate deposits, which leave residue that is sometimes strongly radioactive," said journalist Lakhdar Souid.
Comment icon #11 Posted by EllJay on 4 August, 2014, 18:55
Speaking of disappearing lakes - the Lake Peigneur was not a mystery, but it was a hell of a spectacle. Look at this gigantic whirlpool taking tugboats and barges with it http://youtu.be/0Wx-c0KW-XU I don't know why but sinkholes, for me, are alway a bit scary to watch - and especially when its in a lake. Look at this, the whole, long, trees just effin disappears http://youtu.be/a7cOSzEKvrQ
Comment icon #12 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 5 August, 2014, 12:29
So those people swimming might become *mutants* Tunisia is about to get their version of the X-men.
Comment icon #13 Posted by seeder on 5 August, 2014, 15:27
Speaking of disappearing lakes - the Lake Peigneur was not a mystery, but it was a hell of a spectacle. Look at this gigantic whirlpool taking tugboats and barges with it I don't know why but sinkholes, for me, are alway a bit scary to watch - and especially when its in a lake. Look at this, the whole, long, trees just effin disappears This was a scary/interesting clip! Thanks for sharing!
Comment icon #14 Posted by JustTerri on 6 August, 2014, 16:39
thats pretty cool, but i would be careful.
Comment icon #15 Posted by LucidElement on 8 August, 2014, 18:07
Any legitatment responses or ideas lol?
Comment icon #16 Posted by Silent Trinity on 29 August, 2014, 7:42
Surely this has to be a ground table of water that has found its way to the surface somehow? That would be my first thought given the clear lack of precipitation or other local water sources that could have flowed in this direction. I definitely wouldn't be swimming in it though! lol


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