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China's environmental disaster? River Yangtze turns blood red baffling scientists

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YangtzeCHINA'S biggest river, The Yangtze, has mysteriously started flowing blood red, leaving scientists and environmentalists baffled.

The Yangtze river - once known as "the golden waterway" - in south-western China turned red over night this weekend.

The scarlet 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 another Chinese river, the Jian, turned red last year.


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