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China's Yangtze River "Turns Blood Red" And Turns Up A Mystery

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Chinese officials are investigating industrial dye and upstream silt as two possible sources for the Yangtze River’s red coloring near the city of Chongqing.
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Live Science:.A stretch of China’s longest river has abruptly turned the color of tomato juice, and officials say they don’t know why.

Residents of the southwestern city of Chongqing first noticed that the Yangtze River, called the “golden waterway,” had a spreading stain on its reputation yesterday (Sept. 6).Continued below.

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Though the bright-red water was concentrated around Chongqing, Southwest China’s largest industrial center, it was also reported at several other points along the river, according to ABC News.MORE HERE

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED:08:38 EST, 7 September 2012| UPDATED:08:39 EST, 7 September 2012



It is the last thing the residents of Chongqing would have expected to see.

But the Yangtze river, which runs through the city in south-western China, turned a bright shade of orange-red yesterday.

The waterway where the Yangtze met the Jialin River provided a fascinating contrast as the red started to filter into the other river


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    • Steven

      im thinking maybe they want ww3

    • EternalOptimist

      The official explanation of the blood red color is sand floating into the river from erosion upstream. One problem – sand doesn’t float very far, if at all…

      • Montford John Greenwood II

        Silt doesn’t mean sand.
        Silt is very small, fine dirt.

        • EternalOptimist

          I am aware of what silt is – but that’s not what they said. In any case have you or anyone ever seen a blood-red silt deposit? Or even seen a photo of a blood-red silt deposit or any kind of blood-red soil because I sure haven’t. If you have please post a link to the photos.

    • youstopandthink.disqus

      Maybe it’s an Omen.

    • The Apostolate

      It’s Lord RayEl people… I know you don’t want to hear that, but he is fulfilling all of the biblical prophecies in a row… He is the Messiah, and the waters turning red is right out of the Book of Revelations.

    • Anonymous

      The sad part is people still think the Bible is a joke… it only gets worse, this is the beginning of sorrows… repent because Christ is soon to return

    • MissingRonnieR

      I have traveled in China. It is the most polluted place I have ever seen. You can taste the air and you dare not drink the water even in the most modern city. I stayed in the same Hotel President Nixon stayed in in the 70′s abd was told not to brush with the water. Urban areas are like living at the end of a pipe that empties chemical waste into the worst Western Industrial site you have ever seen. It is a world of uncontroled industrial abuse. Read the story again from that perspective and RED water is the least of your worries.

    • Joerg Klaemt

      Don’t tell me that the Chinese are to stupid to immediately analyze the Water in a Lab?
      They are further ahead than the U.S.A. which now has fallen behind.
      In the early 50′s I saw the River Rhine displaying various Colours while the Fish were dying.
      Bayer was the Culprit. From what I understand this no longer happens due to proper Gov. intervention and fines and the Fish stock has been replenished.

    • Anonymous

      That would be creepy looking

    • Anonymous

      Any sign of dead fish?


    • electra111

      The bible was based on earlier stories that have been rehashed since forever! I’m sorry that you follow a book of lies, just because lots of nutjobs follow blindly doesn’t mean its true. God doesn’t write books, God doesn’t ask you to cut off your foreskin, God doesn’t kill for you, God doesn’t need a man to spill blood as sacrifice for your karmic debt, God doesn’t hate gay people or atheists or science. God did not have a baby with Mary or anyone. God makes sense, the bible does not.

    • Anonymous

      The bible clearly says that all the rivers will turn to blood,not blood colored.Now im a very strong beliver in the good lord but there is a explanation right there.The bible clearly said all the fish and sea life would die due to the blood.Its not 100% blood its 100% water with pollution in it.

    • stormtrooper1973

      PMSL there are some really religious nutters on here

      • Anonymous

        Well you will be judged for your belives not us. :idea:

    • albie

      Maybe the illuminati went down there to wash their hands…


        hehe.. good one.

    • Anonymous

      To Anonymous, yes the pollution is very bad. In fact it is so bad they cant grow anything in their own soil there anymore. When we build a sub-divison here in the US they actually buy the topsoil from us. They have been doing it for years.

      The BS thing is they send it back here and sell it in bags of cheap topsoil/fill at Wal-Mart for $1.00 after it’s contaminated. I tried to grow sunflowers in it. They came out looking like little sunflower monsters. I’m serious.

    • Anonymous

      Hey folks

      There was one in Europe

    • Anonymous

      it was dye dumped in the river seen proof

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