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Lake in France turns blood red

Posted on Sunday, 12 August, 2012 | Comment icon 21 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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The river delta of Camargue in France is home to the peculiar spectacle of water that turns blood red.

Scientists believe that the reason this happens is because of the high salt concentration in the water, the salt can be found encrusting everything along the lake's shoreline including plants, branches and rocks.

While a perfectly safe and natural phenomenon, some people who have seen photographs of the blood-red waters have jumped to an altogether more alarmist interpretation - believing the waters to signal a forthcoming disaster or even the end of the world.

"The picturesque Camargue, France is home to numerous salt flats."

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Comment icon #12 Posted by Alienated Being on 12 August, 2012, 22:05
I love it when people view these strange occurrences as reinforcement of their religious beliefs. :tu:
Comment icon #13 Posted by csspwns on 13 August, 2012, 2:51
salt doesnt cause it...GOD DOES! DOOM!
Comment icon #14 Posted by Paracelse on 13 August, 2012, 7:54
People in Camargue know the origins of this occurence, it's mostly the foreigners who create such a belief. Near the town of Saintes Maries de la Mer, several Fertility religious sites have been found, including Isis and Athena. Fertility cults have no doomsday theories. Why do you think the Catholic church created the legend of the three Marys (Mary Magdalena, Mary Jacobe and Mary Salome) landing there? Since for the Christians, none of those women were black so in order to justify the Black Madonna local worship (souvenir of the Fertility cult mentionned above) they created the culte o... [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by pallidin on 13 August, 2012, 20:30
Stunning pics. I've never been to France, sure hope to someday.
Comment icon #16 Posted by libstaK on 14 August, 2012, 10:24
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Comment icon #17 Posted by Paracelse on 14 August, 2012, 12:21
Comment icon #18 Posted by libstaK on 15 August, 2012, 9:18
I removed the offending posts Paracelse - they weren't yours
Comment icon #19 Posted by goodgodno on 18 August, 2012, 23:41
I was perplexed when reading this as I did not believe chloride concentrations precipitate out of the water red. Usually chloride precipitates white (in my experience). The closest chemical reason I have seen to produce a red precipitate like this is iron oxide, usually when there is ARD drainage from a mine nearby. Turns out after a quick google search red salts are very possible. Learn something new everyday.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Paracelse on 20 August, 2012, 12:32
Southern France has only bauxite mines, I have no idea if there would be an effect on the salty waters mixing with the soft waters of the Rhone river.

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