Glow in the Dark Lakes: Gippsland Lakes Light Up Due to Noctiluca scintillans Algae

By on Mar 10, 2011 in Amazing, Australia, Environment, Science, World Comments

According to several online reports on Wednesday, Gippsland Lakes in Australia‘s eastern Victoria glow in the dark. This is due to the Noctiluca scintillans algae, commonly known as the “sea sparkle.”

According to reports, a sequence of forest fires and floods in eastern Victoria in late 2006 started this phenomenon. The nitrogen-rich soil thick with ash were brought to the lake by rains. Moreover, the sea level rose high enough to flood the lakes causing the salinity of lake to rise as well. The said condition gave Noctiluca scintillans a suitable environment to live.

The Noctiluca scintillans was said to be a luminescent organism which means that it glows naturally. According to reports, this “strange phenomenon” was best seen in 2008 and 2009. Australian photographer Phil Hart was able to take pictures in 2008 and 2009.

Here are some images of the “Glow in the Dark Lakes” courtesy of Phil Hart (click the page numbers to see more):

Glow in the Dark Lake
Glow in the Dark Lake
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