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Color Changing Lakes in California

Something strange is happening in Los Angeles county. Lakes and reservoirs that were once brilliant shades of blue are turning murky black.  

                

At first locals were concerned that there might have been some sort of oil spill or natural disaster. However, county officials quickly updated the public that the dramatic color change was the result of an unprecedented effort to combat the massive drought in California.   

Local officials released more than 96 million plastic balls into reservoirs across the state to help delay the effects of evaporation. The plastic balls are similar to the ones you would find in a kids ball pit but are solid black. The balls float on top of the water and their color helps to absorb much of the sunlight that would otherwise reach and evaporate the water.

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