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Russia’s turquoise lake, a popular selfie spot, is a toxic waste dump

Russia’s turquoise lake, a popular selfie spot, is a toxic waste dump

An industrial dump site in Siberia whose turquoise lake resembles a tropical paradise has become a magnet for Instagrammers who risk their health in the toxic water to wow online followers.

"You can not swim in the ash dump", the company said in a statement.

"In the last week, our ash dump of the Novosibirsk TEZ-5 has become the star of social networks", it said.

The calm turquoise waters are a magnet for Instagrammers desperate to take the ideal selfie. The company said, "This is because calcium salts and other metal oxides are dissolved in it. Skin contact with such water may cause an allergic reaction!"

"Yes, the water itself is toxic but we did not swim in it and did not touch it", she said.

The company also stated that the bottom of the pond is extremely muddy, which makes it hard for swimmers to gain solid footing in case of an emergency.

Getting the flawless shot for the 'gram can be hard.

Millennials in Russian Federation are flocking to the so-called "Siberian Maldives" to strip down and snap gorgeous Instagram photos in front of the stunning turquoise waters of a woodland pond.

INSTAGRAMMERS have been flocking to take snaps by a handsome turquoise lake - despite officials warning it is toxic.

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A post claimed that so many tourists had started visiting the site that thieves had started breaking into cars while visitors took photos.

This has not stopped people from flocking to the site to take photographs. Warnings have been announced by the Siberian Generating Company regarding the lake's unsafe amounts of calcium salts and other metal oxides.

But even such a strongly worded warning doesn't seem to be deterring those seeking a great photo op.

"The next morning, my legs turned slightly red and itched for two days", the man wrote.

But there's a reason the water looks so otherworldly, and it's not good.

"The dump is NOT poisonous: blue gulls do not fly there, and plants do not die".

The ash is the product of a thermal power station that was built in the 1970s and supplies energy to Novosibirsk, a city of about 1.5 million people, the Guardian reported.

Swimmers may not be able to escape the risky waters, the company warned.

"This didn't stop some Russians to organise whole picnics by the lake".