Mystery of Algerian Ink Lake

The Mystery of the Algerian Ink LakePhotos from open sources of

We all know from the school curriculum that lakes are reservoirs with fresh water, although, of course, there are salt lakes. But what in completely unique water bodies are found in nature, for example, An ink lake in Algeria, not everyone knows about it.

Near the small Algerian village of Sidi Bel Abbes This fantastic lake is located, yes, with real ink that you can write. It’s known that in this ink not a single microorganism lives, not to mention fish and other living creatures of an ordinary lake.

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For a long time, scientists could not find the reason for the formation of such paradoxical filling of Ink Lake. Today this riddle finally resolved. It turned out that two small rivers flow into the lake: one carries a huge amount of all kinds of salts, and the other is rich organic peat bogs. When mixing these components a certain chemical reaction occurs (we are hit in chemistry we won’t) and get real ink, poisonous for everything living. Therefore, swim in such a lake – God forbid!

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Local residents, of course, keep all sorts of legends that they tell why this once beautiful lake suddenly became so poisonous and scary. On one of them, a reservoir once passed by the Devil himself, and he allegedly ran out of ink for signing shower purchase contracts (such contracts are not signed at all blood, as Westerners think). Here is the lord of Darkness and turned lake in a huge inkwell. Therefore, the natives are even afraid go to the damned lake and call it the “Eye of the Devil.” AND do the right thing, I must say, because even the evaporation of this reservoirs are harmful to human health.

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However, entrepreneurial youth does not pay any attention to it. attention, they widely use natural ink (by the way, very high quality) as intended, that is, they write. Moreover make special pens, carcasses in the form of souvenirs for tourists (for paper, not for eyelashes), shoe creams, excellent dyes and much more. And I must say, all this is bought up by visitors from great pleasure …

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