Video Of The Week - Why Is China's Yangtze River Turning Crimson?

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Asia's longest river, the 6,418 km Yangtze, that originates from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau glaciers and meanders through southwest, central and eastern China before ending in the East China Sea, is normally known as the Golden Watercourse, thanks to its pale brown color. However, since September 6th, the river has taken on a bright red hue and nobody is sure why!

While the color is most prominent in the area around Chongqing, it has been seen in other parts of the river too. Initially, some thought it may have to do with the algae that cause red tides. But experts say that is not possible given that the organisms cannot survive in fresh water.

Chongqing's environmental officials are attributing it to red sand that has been washed downstream thanks to the recent flooding. However, some people are not convinced and think that it is a result of extreme pollution.

As for the residents of the area? Some are keeping away, while others are treading in carefully to collect a sample of this unusually opaque water that resembles tomato juice. And then there are those like this farmer, that are going about their business as though nothing has changed!

Resources: ibtimes.com, telegragh.co.uk

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  • maybecoolmanWednesday, January 3, 2018 at 8:29 am
    I bet a river like that would be in a horror game
    • TtSunday, September 3, 2017 at 3:03 pm
      who wuld get in tnere
      • Squad upSunday, August 20, 2017 at 8:22 am
        Broncos won
        • ?????Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 7:59 pm
          Illuminati confirmed
          • ILLUMICONFIRMEDTuesday, August 2, 2016 at 7:56 pm
            OMG BE THAT IS SO AMAZIN
            • LolTuesday, August 2, 2016 at 7:52 pm
              Interesting................ I think the officials are telling lies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
              • NicTuesday, August 2, 2016 at 7:49 pm
                Broncos won
                • unknown who????Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 10:52 am
                  if the water gets polluted the the fish in the water will get bad illness and sickness for humans and we will consume the fish
                  • the illest Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 10:16 am
                    Definitely broncos baby lets get it
                    • prince prettyThursday, January 28, 2016 at 9:48 am
                      panthers are going to win

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