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Sign of the Times: Russian River Mysteriously Turns Blood Red

By Ukshep, 09/08/2016
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Startled residents of a Russian city inside the Arctic Circle have been publishing photos of a local river that has mysteriously turned blood red.
Photos published on Russian social media appear to the show the river Daldykan near the city of Norilsk flowing a vivid burgundy color. Authorities have so far declined to give a reason for the river’s unusual appearance, but local people have quickly begun linking it to a giant metals factory located upstream.

Norilsk is known as one of the most polluted cities on earth, built around factories mostly belonging to the vast metals company, Norilsk Nikel. Some Norilsk residents wrote in a local social media group that they believed the river’s biblical shade was linked to runoff from a nearby smelting plant.
Some suggested the color was being produced by wastewater mixed with mineral ore leaking from the factory into the river.
 

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Russia’s natural resources and environment ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that it was investigating complaints of unknown chemical pollution, possibly caused by a “break in a Norilsk Nickel slurry pipe”.

Norilsk Nickel denied an industrial spill into the Daldykan and said the “colour of the river today doesn’t differ from its usual condition”, the state news agency RIA Novosti reported. But the company said it was temporarily reducing manufacturing work while it monitored the situation. The Norilsk mayor’s office said the city’s water supply came from other sources.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/07/investigation-ordered-russia-daldykan-river-turns-red-norilsk

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