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Section of China's Yangtze river turns red

By T.K. Randall
September 8, 2012 · Comment icon 20 comments

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Part of the longest river in China has turned a strange red color and nobody seems to know why.
Officials are conducting an investigation in to the phenomenon to determine whether the unusual red tint could have been caused by industrial dyes or pollutants being dumped in to the water. Recent floods may have also been a factor because they can churn up silt from the riverbed. Limonology professor Emily Stanley has weighed in to the debate by ruling out the possibility that the color is akin to a 'red tide' caused by microorganisms because this tends to only happen in the sea.

"It looks like a pollutant phenomenon," she said. "Water bodies that have turned red very fast in the past have happened because people have dumped dyes into them."
A stretch of China's longest river has abruptly turned the color of tomato juice, and officials say they don't know why.


Source: Live Science | Comments (20)




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Comment icon #11 Posted by psyche101 12 years ago
The renown river - known as "the golden waterway" - in south-western China suddenly turned blood-red at the weekend. The polluted water is mostly concentrated around the industrial city of Chongquing, but has been reported in several other locations. Reports suggest industrial pollution in silt churned up by recent floods is being blamed by Chinese officials for the discolouration. The Yangtze is regarded as being too fast-flowing and large to generate a "red tide" effect associated with bacteria infestations of low-oxygen ponds. An industrial dye used in firework wrappers was blamed when anot... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by Hasina 12 years ago
The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. -Revelation 16:4
Comment icon #13 Posted by libstaK 12 years ago
The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. -Revelation 16:4 *Knocks fist on proverbial baked brain of Chinese Govt*. "Knock, knock hello?, anybody home?" No? Didn't think so, cos if you were you would clean up your back yard and stop allowing douche's to build factories in areas where leakage could threaten your main waterways. Oh, and yeah "it's the apocolypse" at least for everything living in that river, how sad.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Hasina 12 years ago
Yeah, pretty much. Thought it would be appropriate for the poor creatures.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Dan'O 12 years ago
Cyanobacteria or red algae. Gelidium amansii maybe? The weather has been perfect for blooms. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agar Mmmm
Comment icon #16 Posted by Simbi Laveau 12 years ago
http://www.summitpost.org/exploring-the-mystery-of-watermelon-snow/640549 Algae does the most interesting things
Comment icon #17 Posted by Hasina 12 years ago
Nature's awesome/crazy.
Comment icon #18 Posted by tipotep 12 years ago
Got to love the sensationalism " River of Blood " ........ How about water has turned red , unless of course the water has turned to blood , then I will take note My guess is gross polution or maybe algae . TiP.
Comment icon #19 Posted by MissMelsWell 12 years ago
I hope it's just silt and not a pollutant... It is actualy the exact same color as Campbell's Tomato soup. Add some fishy crackers and it would look delicous! LOL
Comment icon #20 Posted by DKO 12 years ago
Seas turning red, earthquakes, strange sounds being heard, more ufo sightings, massive storms. SOMETHING is gonna happen soon. That stuff happens EVERY year. Nothing special ever happens.


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