From: Laurie Balbo, Green Prophet
Published August 5, 2014 12:46 PM

A lake appears in Tunisia desert!

Tunisia offers other-worldly landscapes, fantastical and mysterious. Did you know that four of the Star Wars movies were partially filmed in the southern part of the country? (Tunisia had a starring role as the planet Tatooine). Now, adding to the Atlas mountains and Sahara desert, the tiny republic has another tourist attraction — a newborn lake.

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Discovered by shepherds just last month in the middle of Tunisian desert, there has been no official explanation for its sudden appearance. Some geologists have proposed that seismic activity may have disrupted the natural water table, pushing water from underground aquifers to the surface. Others disagree.

Authorities have calculated that the lake area exceeds one hectare, with depths ranging from 10 to 18 meters; that indicates a total water volume of one million cubic meters — liquid gold for the drought-ridden country.

Locally dubbed "Lac de Gafsa", so far more than 600 people have traveled to the pool and a makeshift beach has grown along its shoreline. Authorities have warned that the water, which began as a transparent turquoise until rapidly blooming algae turned it murky green, could be radioactive. That hasn’t deterred visitors who buck the 40°C heat by swimming, diving, and floating atop inflatable rafts.

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