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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  • alphadog
    alphadogFriday, May 28, 2021 at 11:26 am
    So cool :-)
    • alise
      aliseThursday, November 5, 2020 at 10:07 am
      Wow that is cool. I wonder how the sand turned all of that water red.
      • jaslynnTuesday, October 22, 2019 at 8:14 am
        so cool
        • JaySunday, August 19, 2018 at 5:09 pm
          It sounds like they need less pressure in the water
          • JeffSunday, February 25, 2018 at 10:51 pm
            Doggies r gonna win
            • epicguy100
              epicguy100Monday, April 30, 2018 at 12:43 am
              LOL!!!
            • 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