Melbourne's naturally pink lake delights tourists

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A lake in a Melbourne park has naturally turned pink, drawing throngs of admirers keen to snap a rosy picture.

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image captionThe man-made salt lake in Melbourne's Westgate Park has turned a striking bright pink in recent weeks
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image captionThe vivid shade is produced by lots of sunlight, low rainfall and warm temperatures
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image captionIn those conditions, the lake's algae produces a red pigment called beta carotene
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image captionThe result has seen tourists flock to the waters almost every summer since 2013
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image captionSome dress up and colour co-ordinate for their pictures against the pink background
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image captionHowever, authorities ask visitors not to get too close, as the water's high salt levels can irritate sensitive skin
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image captionOn social media, people also warned others of a pungent "rotting eggs" smell
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image captionThe lake's pink colour typically lasts through to late Autumn, until cooler temperatures restore it back to blue
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image captionThe phenomenon can be seen in other pink lakes in Australia, Spain, Canada and Senegal

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