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A lagoon in the Patagonia region of Argentina has turned bright pink. Experts believe it is because of a chemical spill.

Agence France-Presse reports that experts and activists said the colour change in the lagoon in the Chubut region was due to sodium sulfite, an anti-bacterial product used in fish factories.

While the change of colour has created panic among local residents, Juan Micheloud, the head of the environmental control for the Chubut province, told AFP that the chemicals and resulting colour change was not damaging.

While it's not clear just how long the colour will last, Micehloud confirmed that it won't be forever.

"The colour does not cause damage and will disappear in a few days."

While the pink lagoon in Argentina resembles Lake Hillier in Western Australia, it's not entirely the same. It's believed the pink colour of Lake Hillier is because of the saltwater of the lake reacting with sodium bicarbonate or certain microorganisms. The reaction causes the water to give a pink effect which is at its brightest on cloudy days.

Watch the RT video below to see the lagoon that's turned bright pink after a chemical spill related to local fish factories.

Image credit: Business Insider

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