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Mystery surrounds blood red river in Russia


Posted on Thursday, 8 September, 2016 | Comment icon 16 comments
Authorities have called for an investigation after the Daldykan river turned a peculiar shade of red.
The disconcerting color first became apparent after photographs of the river, which runs near to the Arctic city of Norilsk, were uploaded on to social media by concerned locals.


Some have suggested that the discoloration could be due to iron ore in the rocks while others have placed blame on a possible broken pipeline outside the nearby Nadezhda metallurgical factory.

"Periodically there are accidents when these pipes break and the solutions spill and get into the Daldykan – that’s why it changes colour," geochemist Denis Koshevoi told the Guardian.

Norilsk Nickel however, which runs the facility, has denied that a chemical spill had taken place.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (16)

Tags: Russia, River

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by glorybebe on 8 September, 2016, 20:18
It doesn't state whether if killed off any fish or other wildlife.  
Comment icon #8 Posted by cerberusxp on 9 September, 2016, 1:51
 Another portent!
Comment icon #9 Posted by Codenwarra on 9 September, 2016, 2:21
Microorganisms or metal compounds from the nickel plant.  Or Photoshop.
Comment icon #10 Posted by DieChecker on 9 September, 2016, 6:10
Ewwwww...... That sure is a bright red color. Iron doesn't usually make water that bright. Usually not clay either. Could be algae, or microorganisms, but I haven't seen such a thing where an entire river is turned red like this. Generally if a lake is affected it could do that, but if this river comes out of a lake, it must be a tremendously large lake.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Chaldon on 9 September, 2016, 7:20
Usually such an extensive pollution could be caused by capping (or whatever it's called) from gold mining being dumped back into water. Red algae is unlikely so far north and one river only, as seen on the satellite image.
Comment icon #12 Posted by DieChecker on 9 September, 2016, 10:25
Here is something similar. http://all-that-is-interesting.com/the-red-river Looking at the river on Google Earth, it appears to only run between two land locked lakes. So no fear of the pollution going further then that. Bad enough as it is though.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Chaldon on 9 September, 2016, 14:17
Aha! So it's really the nickel factory! It's mentioned in the link that in Sudbury, Ontario it was the case. And now in Norilsk they deny everything. So typical for my poor country.
Comment icon #14 Posted by mythical enchant on 10 September, 2016, 16:41
This is due to a special algae known as Gonyaulax that makes the sea red when they are multiplied to great numbers on getting favourable conditions............
Comment icon #15 Posted by ChaosRose on 11 September, 2016, 17:26
Yeah, but facts won't get in the way of the believer. Although there are other rivers and falls that turn red every year (due to natural phenomena), and so far Armageddon has not occurred...people are still gonna go with "it's a sign!"
Comment icon #16 Posted by Forever Cursed on 12 September, 2016, 15:30
It's Alarmageddon again more likely ........................ 


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