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Kelimutu lakes change color for the 6th time this year

Markus Makur

The Jakarta Post

Flores, East Nusa Tenggara  /  Thu, November 24, 2016  /  10:56 am
Kelimutu lakes change color for the 6th time this year

Aerial view of the Kelimutu colored crater lakes in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara. (Shutterstock/File)

One of the Kelimutu crater lakes in Ende regency, East Nusa Tenggara, which serves as the regency's tourism icon, has recently changed color, a unique phenomenon that happens almost every year.

According to the Kelimutu National Park Agency (BTNK), this is the sixth time it has happened between January and November. The color change is caused by a chemical reaction occuring in the mountain crater. 

BTNK head Nuryadi told The Jakarta Post Wednesday that the Nuwa Muri Ko'ofai Lake had changed color from blue to white, while the colors of Ata Polo and Ata Buphu Lakes stayed in their original colors of blue and green, respectively.

(Read also: Sipping Mt. Kelimutu coffee during sunrise in Flores)

The color change did not affect volcanic activity though, according to the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG). Mount Kelimutu's status is considered normal and thus tourism in the destination remains unaffected.

"The color change of Kelimutu Lakes is the highlight of the place that attracts domestic and foreign tourists," said Nuryadi. (kes)