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Scientists uncover ‘God’s bathtub’

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  1. entropy13

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    Imagine a lake that's never been affected by climate change or any other man-made influences. Australian scientists say they have found just that—a remote lake whose crystal-clear waters seem to be in the same chemical state as they were about 7,500 years ago.

    "It's like God's bathtub," Dr. Cameron Barr told the Australian Associated Press of the body of water now named Blue Lake. "It is beautiful. It is absolutely beautiful."

    Barr and his team of researchers from the University of Adelaide say the lake—one of the largest on North Stradbroke Island off the south Queensland coast, according to the AAP—is so pure that you can see more than 30 feet below the surface to its bottom.

    "It appears that Blue Lake has been an important climate 'refuge' for the freshwater biota of the region, and is in the same condition now as it was 7,500 years ago," Barr told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

    Barr, who published his findings in the current issue of Freshwater Biology, said it's the only such lake of its kind known to be in Australia.

    To reach its conclusion, the team studied the lake’s water quality, fossil pollen and algae, which team members then compared with photos taken of nearby areas on the island over the past 117 years.



    Full article here.
     
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    Preposterous.
     
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    "Barr said something as small as sunscreen samples from tourists could alter the lake’s chemistry."

    But from reading wiki, people have already dove in the lake to study it, so... yeah.
     
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    Is there a bar of soap labeled "Deity Clean" at the lake.

    Perhaps some "God Fresh" deodorant.

    If this is a scientist talking, why doesn't he just talk science?
     
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    Don't pee in the pool :laugh:
     
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    The lake’s water has remained unchanged, said Barr, because its waters drain into a nearby swamp and are replaced by an aquifer every 35 days or so.

    "Because it's constantly being updated it doesn't suffer from the vagaries of the climate in so far as it doesn't evaporate and become more saline," Barr told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. "It doesn't fill up and become fresher. It just remains constant."


    Read the full article regarding the comment you just edited out about the way the water is replenished.
     
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    Realized I had that part wrong. Hence removed.

    The whole "God's Bathtub" put me in a bad mood. Really silly thing for someone to say.
     
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    I also find it a hugely sweeping statement, and there is no way these people can possibly say climate change hasnt affected it. But hell, what do I know, I'm not a scientist.
     
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    Scientist takes sample, looks at it, "yes it's water"
     
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    *Scientist takes sample, compares water sample to an old tea-stained paper photo of the lake 60 years ago*
    YES, IT'S NOT CHANGED A BIT!
     

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