Published On: Sun, Sep 9th, 2012

Why Did China’s Yangtze River Suddenly Turn Red? (Photos)

China’s historical river, Yangtze, turned red and a lot of people started to ask the cause of it. It started on September 6,  2012 when residents in the city of Chongqing noticed a spreading stain of red which immediately caught their attention. Some even got a sample of it and put them in bottles to save it.

There are several reasons why a sea or river turns to red. Last month, we reported a lake in France which turned red due to high concentration of salt. Experts say that it is caused by a salt-loving algae called Dunaliella Salina which produces a red pigment that absorbs and uses the energy of sunlight to create more energy.

Another possible reason is red tide which occurs when there’s an algal bloom, an event in which fresh water algae accumulate rapidly in the water column and results in discoloration of the surface water. However, Emily Stanley, a professor of limnology at the University of Wisconsin, said that is it unlikely that red tide is the culprit.

Yangtze River Turned Red
Image Credit: oddstuffmagazine.com

“When water turns red, the thing a lot of people think of first is red tide. But the algae that causes red tide is a marine group and not a freshwater group, so it’s highly, highly unlikely that this is a red-tide-related phenomenon,” she said.

After ruling out natural phenomenons related to algae, the next possible reason is through pollutant phenomenon. In recent years, due to the industrial developments in its nearby cities, the river has suffered from industrial pollution, agricultural run-off, siltation, and loss of wetland and lakes, which exacerbates seasonal flooding.

“It looks like a pollutant phenomenon. Water bodies that have turned red very fast in the past have happened because people have dumped dyes into them,” Stanley said after ruling out natural phenomenon causes.

Ships sail in the junction of Yangtze and Jialin River in Chongqing China
Image Credit: oddstuffmagazine.com

A more specific pollutant phenomenon is siltation where increased concentration of suspended sediments accumulated on the bottom of the river. It is most often caused by soil erosion or sediment spill from deposition to get rid of unwanted material usually from barges.

“China is well known for having areas with a lot of steep hill sides and a lot of land use practices that promote soil erosion and soil going into rivers. You can get red-colored clays that wouldn’t be a whole lot different from having a big dose of dye go in there. But if that’s the cause I’d imagine there would have had to be a huge storm or a huge amount of clay go into the system,” Stanley continued.

Currently, officials are reportedly investigating the cause of it.

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  1. Dominique berry says:

    It’s Jesus telling us he’s returning

  2. Wayne Burger says:

    This is caused by the increasing volcanic activity below the earth’s surface, our solar system is crossing the “galactic equator” on the 21 December and then all hell breaks loose as all known volcanoes including the worst – Yellowstone! The reason for this is that our poles are going to switch from North becoming South and South becoming North (the other side of the galaxy means the poles change to their opposites), this in turn leaves us vulnerable as we will not have our magnetic field protecting us from meteorites and more importantly higher solar radiation. It is this excessive heat that is going to trigger the volcanic activity which in turn will manufacture sulphuric acid (in the oceans) creating acid rain, which is then going to along with earthquakes and tsunami’s annihilate the majority of life on this planet. Whilst this is occurring the earth and solar system’s will both realign themselves and continue on their current path’s. What is important to also note here is that the earth will expand in size as it is “growing” due to the excessive carbons that have been pumped into the atmosphere in order to create more land in order to create more foliage in order to absorb said carbons!

  3. Zanele Gumede says:

    Do not try to make sense of this abnormality..there’s only one simple answer: Jesus Is Coming… I pray he finds us faithful.. AMEN

    • derek dotson says:

      its amazing how people try to avoid mentioning GOD today. there are clear signs like never before… open your eyes and quit living in denial. the vial has been poured

  4. People in Mpumalanga former Kwandebele there is a bigdam called Mkhombodam we been hearing storys of a mermaid doing tricks there even two of friend were fishing from their boats they see lot of coin money shining from below they try to rich but they realise that it maybe sueside to do that so went out. To tell ather when they come back for secondtime the money was nowhere to b seen it maibe a trick from mermaid.so can’t the discovery channel visit this place?

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