Skip to comments.Yangtze River Turns Red and Turns Up a Mystery
Posted on 09/07/2012 2:31:16 PM PDT by kingattax
For a river known as the "golden watercourse," red is a strange color to see.
Yet that's the shade turning up in the Yangtze River and officials have no idea why.
The red began appearing in the Yangtze, the longest and largest river in China and the third longest river in the world, yesterday near the city of Chongquing, where the Yangtze connects to the Jialin River.
The Yangtze, called "golden" because of the heavy rainfall it receives year-round, runs through Chongqing, Southwest China's largest industrial and commercial center, also known as the "mountain city" because of the hills and peaks upon which its many buildings and factories stand.
The red color stopped some residents in their tracks. They put water from the river in bottles to save it. Fishermen and other workers who rely on the river for income kept going about their business, according to the UK's Daily Mail.
While the river's red coloring was most pronounced near Chongqing it was also reported at several other points. Officials are reportedly investigating the cause.
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This could be Hugh.
He could be rusting.
Revelation 16:4 NIV
The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood.
Red Tide - bacteria?
“Chongqing, Southwest China’s largest industrial and commercial center”
probably industrial pollution
And/or pollutant spillage on some massive scale
The stink of dead fish will not be a new odor to the Chinese, so the millions of fish that will be killed by this pollution probably will not cause any changes along the river. Eventually, the billions of Chinese will end up ‘disposing of the fish kill’. One could hope in cans of fish for North Korean armies.
Just a small leak of red food coloring number 40.
Scary looking to say the least.....
Any red rainfall?
I thought I read that. The BP oil spill looked something like it too. I’m sure it’s just coincidence.
Satire? Based on what exactly? China’s pollution problem is notorious. It is been said that up to 1/3 of all rivers, lakes, and fresh water sources in China are not even fit for industrial use. That’s pretty bad.
Are there any red algae types? China has a very bad record with industrial pollution, even in their most important waterways. I’d bet on a petchem plant that’s discharging waste illegally.
Maybe they’ve taken a page out of Saddam’s book and are putting dissidents through shredders, just on a Chinese scale. It could be easier to just chum the river than bulldoze for mass graves.
If this is polution the Chinese government just might have figured out a way to keep the population in check...(sarcasm....I think? but who knows with the communists)
———Any red rainfall?——
In the picture a second river is merging with the red flow. The merging water is not red. Had rainfall been the source of the color, both would be red
The Chicom answer to the Chicago dying the river green on St. Patrick’s day.
I thought the Red River was the border between Texas and Oklahoma.
The Yangtze River and Pearl River estuaries have been listed as newly registered "dead zones," according to a study released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Dead zones, or low oxygenated areas in the world's seas and oceans, are places where nutrients from fertilizer runoff, sewage, animal waste and the burning of fossil fuels trigger algae blooms.
The algae blooms need oxygen and remove it from water, endangering other marine life.
The number and size of deoxygenated areas has risen each decade since the 1970s. Experts warn that these areas are fast becoming major threats to fish stocks, and to people who depend upon fisheries for food and livelihoods.
The major pollutants affecting seawater off China were inorganic nitrogen and active phosphate in 2005, according to a report on pollution of the marine environment released this week by the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA).
The report said 500,000 tons of ammonia nitrogen and 30,000 tons of phosphate from land-based activities floated into the sea last year.
Eighty-two "red tides" one type of algal bloom occurred in China's seas in 2005, down 15 per cent from the previous year, according to the UNEP report.
With a billion people and poor sanitation, no wonder it's golden. It's only red after the purges.
probably industrial pollution
Yes. I was thinking pet food and pet treat companies dumping anti freeze sweeteners etc., into there.
Come to think of it, the article I cited was about the river delta near Shanghai, whereas this one is about Chungking, which is far inland. I’d guess that there’s been a bit of a drought, and the Three Gorges Dam isn’t helping matters. Red tide is said to be a problem in slow-moving waters.
Red Tide is actually a red algae....sometimes causing Shellfish poisoning.
Gadzooks! Maybe China is one of those extra states in Obama's 57... and it appears they are trending Romney-Ryan!
Mr. Lamarr? Mr. Lamarr, all them Chinks of ours we bought for the railroad... they's a voting for Romney!
It is to be expected, Taggart, after we let him be Sheriff... he had to reach his true level of incompetence under the Peter Principle!
Now that I’ve looked a Google map, the scary part is that Chungking is upstream of the Three Gorges Dam. I can’t imagine how low the Yangtze’s water level must be for red tide to be a problem upstream of the dam. Ultimately, the Chinese will have to limit the amounts used to irrigate crops, meaning shut down a big chunk of agriculture that taps the Yangtze, until the drought is over. I am beginning to understand why grain prices are near record highs. This three-year Chinese drought can’t be helping matters. (The ethanol mandate isn’t helping, of course).
The government knows very well where the pollutant came from. They are just playing dumb.
This will be interesting to see what the “Official” answer is.
Since I am guessing from pictures only, I would say it looks like a industrial Chem Spill. But I don’t see or have read of any fish kills associated with this red colorization. So the next guess is that of an erosion of a soil layer that contains a lot of red pigment. Especially since the article emphasizes that this is a mountain city.
And yet people try to survive on the fish they catch from these cesspools.........
The Chinese are thinning the herd. All the people that will eat whatever is taken out of there over the next few weeks will eventually succumb to something that no doubt will be blamed on George Bush and Mitt Romney.
I wish it was satire. But, it’s not. We’ll continue to sell our debt to them, buy their products, allow the EPA and ‘free trade’ to put us at a competitive disadvantage, and kowtow to their domination of the seas. I don’t use sarcasm tags.
a tribute to Bear Bryant?
On one of my trips on the Yangtze, there was a body floating down the river. The guide was not at all surprised (or upset) and just passed it off as a result of all the floods they had had that Spring.
Yes. Ocean red tides come to mind. Algae.
Yeah, I know - thanks
That epidemic is already on the way.
It touched the Eastern Quadrant, so that meant this was just short of the worst kind of drought.
Currently the drought is breaking as hurricanes spin up and onto the continent!
China's drought should also break this year.
The WORST we had that anyone saw personally and wrote about was in the Eastern Quadrant for a 70 year period ~ ending about 1609 or thereabouts. 17 years in the last half saw no precipitation at all and may have influenced Spanish thinking about how to carve North America up in the Treaty of London (1604).
Red tide 1000 miles upstream of the sea, and 500 miles upstream of the dam isn't cause for optimism. Maybe this is one period in which East Asian and North American drought cycles decouple.
Red clay is common throughout China. So is yellow clay. That's a mountainous region. Lots and lots of red and yellow clay around.
Moses came back from Heaven and dipped his staff into the river. The Chinese Pharaoh has been given notice!
Maybe an algae. If it’s like Karenia brevis and in high enough concentration, it’ll be toxic in fish.
Not all red tides are harmful, BTW.