Why Does Nile Appear Blood-Red In This Satellite Image

Published on Apr 3, 2016

Image result for Why Does Nile Appear Blood-Red In This Satellite ImageAn image recently released by the European Space Agency shows Egypt and the River Nile from up above– with parts of it in stark, almost blood-red coloration.

An image recently released by the European Space Agency shows Egypt and the River Nile from up above– with parts of it in stark, almost blood-red coloration.
The red in the picture signifies the presence of vegetation, reports CBS News.
Gathered by the new Sentinel-3A satellite, the picture taken on March 3, 2016 is teeming with detail.
Egypt showcases its capital city of Cairo, as the Nile River pulses toward where it empties into the Mediterranean Sea.
Sitting distantly northward are the islands of Cyprus and Crete.
Somewhat counterintuitively, the Red Sea also appears in the image, on the east, just not really red at all.

River in Russia Mysteriously Turns Biblical Blood Red

Published on Sep 7, 2016

Startled residents of a Russian city inside the Arctic Circle have been posting photos of a local river that has mysteriously turned blood red.

Photos published on Russian social media appear to the show the Daldykan River near the city of Norilsk flowing vivid burgundy. Russian authorities have yet to establish a reason for the river’s unusual appearance, but local people quickly linked it to a giant metals plant upstream. Russia’s Environment Ministry said it was investigating a plant leak as the likely cause.

Investigation ordered as Russian river turns red

Source: https://www.theguardian.com

Pipeline is feared to have broken in Arctic city of Norilsk, where Daldykan river runs close to nickel-producing factory

Russian authorities have ordered an investigation into a possible pipeline break after a river in the nickel-producing Arctic city of Norilsk turned bright red.

Social media users began sharing photos of the unnaturally red Daldykan river on Tuesday, with some writing that it had also changed color in June.

A few users suggested iron ore in the ground had changed the river’s color, but others said industrial waste was a more likely reason. The river runs near to the Nadezhda metallurgical factory run by Norilsk Nickel, the world’s largest producer of nickel and palladium.

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.

According to Denis Koshevoi, a PhD candidate at the Vernadsky Institute for Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry, who is researching pollution in the area, Norilsk Nickel pumps chemical solutions from Nadezhda to a nearby tailings dam via pipes. It also pumps metal concentrates from ore mills to Nadezhda, he said.

Norilsk developed as a gulag camp in 1935 and is known for its harsh winters, two-month polar night and high level of industrial pollution.

 

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