- People flock to a polluted landfill in Russia to take the perfect picture.
- The water called Novosibirsk Maldives is light blue because it comes from a nearby coal-fired power plant.
- Plant officials warn against dipping into the water.
Some people will do anything to get the perfect Instagram photo – and that includes traveling to a polluted landfill. According to the Moscow Times Instagram influencers take photos at a light blue pond in Novosibirsk, Russia, to capture the perfect beach image. The waters, called the "Novosibirsk Maldives", trace its breathtaking blue to waste from a nearby coal-fired power station. The Russian Maldives are so popular that they have their own Instagram page.
The Siberian powerhouse owns the power plant and says the water is not toxic, but it warns people against swimming.
In a post on the Russian social media site VK.com, the company says that calcium salts and other metal oxides give the water a light blue color.
"Without the combination of these reasons, there would be no such visual effect," they write.
The post explains that the dump is not poisonous, but you should not necessarily hang around.
"The dump is NOT poisonous: blue gulls do not fly there, and plants do not die, the radiation background is normal there: Two INDEPENDENT laboratories came to the conclusion But you can not swim in the ash pan The water in it That's because That calcium salts and other metal oxides are dissolved in. Skin contact with such water can cause an allergic reaction! "
Nevertheless, people flock to the construction site to find out about this perfect IG photo. Fortunately, people do not seem to want to swim, so the photos on Instagram.
A local woman, Irina, visited the site, but said Mashable that she would never go swimming in the water.
"The entire periodic table is in [there]," she said.