The most photographed lake on Instagram? It is a landfill for industrial waste

The most photographed lake on Instagram? It is a landfill for industrial waste

In recent days, on Instagram, some "non-Russians" have tried to point out that "those waters are toxic" or that the area is not the most suitable for a walk in the open air, but has been silenced by the hosts

Genoa - The influencer poses with skimpy costume and "right" light, the gym guy even ventures into a sup session, the newlywed couple organizes a picnic on the shore, kisses, embraces each other. And then there are those who do yoga, those who walk, those who run, those who ride a bike and of course those who take a selfie, all conquered by the azure and incredible waters of the so-called "Novosibirsk Maldives". However, they are an artificial lake created by industrial waste and by the discharges of the Power Station Number 5 (in Russian, ТЭЦ-5), lost in the middle of Siberia. "Lost" for real: the Chp-5 power plant is located on the outskirts of Novosibirsk, a city of over 1.5 million inhabitants located 3350 kilometers from Moscow, over 5 thousand from Mumbai and 3 days by car from Beijing.

In the middle of nowhere (below, the map), but highly sought after and super shared on social networks, especially on Instagram, where accounts dedicated to these "Northern Maldives" were born and where the posts of those who photograph themselves or are photographed in lakeside (at the landfill, that is) are published with impressive speed, especially in the summer months. The merit is precisely of those waters with a wonderful, bright and incredible color. It is artificial, because not created by nature, but by man: the lake has the blue hue that is seen in the images "due to the deposits of calcium salts and metal oxides", as explained by the Siberian Generating Company, the company that manages the plant.

Yes, because the crowding had reached such a level, with queues on the paths that not even the Japanese at the Louvre, that last June the company published a long press release on Vk, the most used social network in Russia, recognizing that the central Chp-5 had become a "star" of the Net and also warning visitors: "The waters are not poisonous" and "the radiation level is normal", but "the pH value is very high due to the ashes of coal that are discharged into the lake, and this could cause strong allergic reactions "; moreover, the muddy deposit on the bottom would be so dense that "it is almost impossible to be able to get out of it alone". Hence the warning, which translated from Russian sounds more or less like this: "See that you don't fall into it while you are looking for the perfect selfie!" ...

In recent days, on Instagram, some "non-Russians" have therefore tried to point out in the comments that "those waters are toxic" or that the area would not be exactly the most suitable for a walk in the open air, but was quickly silenced from the hosts: "Nobody swims or splashes with water - it's the answer that is most popular - And in any case what has been written in foreign newspapers about the danger is exaggerated". What is more or less what the Soviet Union said about the reports of European and American newspapers 33 years ago about the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, right?