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    • The lake's appearance is deceptive: it is actually a reservoir used by the nearby plant to dump ash.
    • Posing for pictures near this lake presents a certain risk to a person's health since its water can cause an allergic reaction, local officials said.
    • A view of an energy plant's ash dump site in Novosibirsk, Russia.
    • A view of a lake near an energy plant's ash dump site in Novosibirsk, Russia.
    • It was recently announced that a round-the-clock security guard post would be set up at the site to prevent pilgrimages to the Russian Maldives.
    • A couple rests by a Novosibirsk energy plant's ash dump site.
    • Although security measures have been announced, the question remains whether this will stop daring Siberian bloggers from taking selfies surrounded by such dangerous beauty.
    • A couple walks by a Novosibirsk energy plant's ash dump site.
    • A man takes a selfie near an energy plant's ash dump site in Novosibirsk, Russia.
    • A view of a lake near an energy plant's ash dump site in Novosibirsk.
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    The lake's appearance is deceptive: it is actually a reservoir used by the nearby plant to dump ash.

    A lake near an energy plant’s ash dump site in Novosibirsk, Russia has attracted crowds of Instagrammers since the location received international media coverage because of the lake's "tropical" colour.

    There is an unusual lake near the TPP-5 thermal power plant inthe Russian city of Novosibirsk: the colour of its water is amazingly blue and resembles the place where the Bounty advert was filmed. 

    Since the first selfies taken by the lake went viral on social media, the place has been called the "Russian Maldives" and become very popular among Instagrammers from all over the country.

     

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