Lonar Lake Crater, Buldhana, Maharashtra

Nanchi’s Fun Facts Friday- Lonar Lake!

Nanchi’s Fun Facts Friday is back with yet another interesting destination. This post was on my mind for this Friday and I was astounded to read the shocking thing about this destination. What was the shock? Which is the destination? Well, I am talking about the Lonar Lake located in the Buldhana district of Maharashtra state. What is so special about it?

Lonar Lake, Buldhana, Maharashtra
Lonar Lake, Buldhana, Maharashtra

Read ahead in Nanchi’s Fun Facts Friday….

  • Lonar Crater is believed to be created from a meteorite impact that occurred between 35,000 and 50,000 years ago.
  • In a research paper published in 2010, the age of the lake is estimated at 5,70,000 ± 47,000 years old.
  • The crater has an oval shape and the meteor impact came from east at an angle of 35-40°.
  • Lonar Lake is approx. 150 meters deep, with an average diameter of around 1830 meters and at the base of the sides, the lake has the circumference of about 4.8 Kms.
  • Lonar Lake, is notified as National Geo-Heritage monument. 
  • The most compelling evidence of Lonar’s impact crater is the presence of Maskelynite (naturally occurring glass formed by extremely high-velocity impact).
  • Lonar Lake has been declared as Wildlife Sanctuary for its conservation.
  • The rock idol of the Hanuman Temple near the lake is believed to be highly magnetic.
  • The water of the Lonar Lake is Alkaline and Saline.

    Now the shocking news about Lonar Lake which I read in the newspaper today is, “Lonar Lake mysteriously turned reddish-pink.” Everyone is scratching their heads to know the reason. Amazing, isn’t it?

    Hope you are liking the Fun Facts Friday!

    Reference of Lonar Lake: Wikipedia.
Lonar Lake Crater, Buldhana, Maharashtra
Lonar Lake Crater, Buldhana, Maharashtra
Lonar Lake, Aurangabad, Maharashtra
Lonar Lake, Aurangabad, Maharashtra

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26 thoughts on “Nanchi’s Fun Facts Friday- Lonar Lake!

  1. Another brilliant article from you, Madam..!!
    Thank you so much for sharing.. 🙂 🙂

    The Lonar lake has turned pinkish due to increased salinity and alkalinity (pH = 10.5 approx.). The increase in salinity may be attributed to increased temperatures and low water inflow (blame global warming and summer season)

    The Lonar Lake is definitely a geographical marvel and should be conserved. The formation of glass Maskelynite is also amazing..!!

    Thank you so much Madam for sharing.. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Abir. I am glad you liked it. Yes, I read as some are in the same opinion as yours. Thank you for adding value.
      Yes, Lonar Lake is a wonderful geographical marvel and people are conserving it. I too was in awe to know about the Maskelynite. Amazing! 😊

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      1. You are welcome Madam..!! As I said before, it’s great to learn from you.. 😊😊
        Maskelynite is an impact glass created due to perhaps impact heating of silica (SiO2). However, that’s what glass conceptually is – Heated SiO2 which is cooled later.. 😊
        There are pinkish lakes like these available in many parts of the world – a large one is there in Australia. Usually this colour is related to high salinity which favours the growth of certain types of halobacteria under such environments.. You can check out the one in Australia, it’s quite famous.. 😊😊

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      2. Wow….You are humble. Even, I am learning so much from you. Where do you get all this knowledge from? Wonderful information. Thank you for sharing. Good to read from you as usual. 😊

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      3. Well, I like Science. Geology, Geography are my strong areas. Chemistry and Biology (not blood or surgery) are pretty decent even now. And I like History too.. 😀
        Your posts touch upon those finer aspects. There are many things like Maskelynite which I didn’t know earlier, but conceptually they are quite relatable.. 😊😊
        And yes, your articles are well researched, which means you know about those concepts in and out, since you are able to explain them in a simple manner.. 😊😊
        Thank you Madam.. 😊😊 Keep writing such informative scientific posts.. 😊😊

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      4. That’s awesome. I try to write as simple as possible so that everyone can understand and grab it. Also, my area of interest is geography, astronomy, travel and nature related aspects. They fascinate me alot. Thank you once again Abir for your kind words.

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      5. Well said Madam.. Travel is an all-encompassing field which can teach you Science, History, Geology, Biology, Physics etc.. if you pay close attention to it.. You name it and the solution will definitely lie in travel.. As I have always been saying, traveling is not a check box job or a selfie clicking job.. One has to immerse himself or herself into it and be observant.. ☺️☺️
        You observe things in detail, which is good.. Hope to learn a bit of that from you..
        Thank you once again Madam.. ☺️☺️

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  2. I have read about this before, a lake created by an asteroid or something. Sounds so cool. The facts are truly amazing. I didn’t know about them before.
    I also read about the change of color. I am waiting for the scientists to find the reason.

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    1. Thank you so much Harsh. It is cool indeed. Even, I was in awe after visiting the site. Can’t imagine how some meteor must have crushed this place and turned into a big lake. WOW! Thank you for stopping by. 😊😊

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  3. This lake is absolutely breathtaking. What amazing photographs! And the history of the lake is really very fascinating. I am always so intrigued by how they can measure all that and determine things like the angle at which the crater impacted the earth. And it turned pinkish in color? But no one knows why. If you ever do learn the answer, I want to know! Thanks for linking up!

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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