Monday, September 10, 2012

China's Yangtze River Runs Mysteriously Red

China's Yangtze river, the third longest in the world, turned red on Thursday afternoon, state television reported.

State broadcaster CCTV said that the environmental protection bureau in Chongqing had ruled out the possibilities of industrial and sewage pollution causing the river to turn red.

"It's not a problem," one boatman said in Chongqing. "The water colour is within the normal range. For us boatmen, the colour just means the river is washing its water.

"But the colour this year is redder and darker," he added.

Investigations are still underway but authorities said silt deposits brought 
in by floods from upstream were a likely cause for the color.

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