September 10, 2012
Chinese officialdom says the Yangtze river, the third longest in the world, has turned red due to upriver sand, while others insist it is industrial pollution.
“The coloration of the waters of Asia’s longest river was reported at several points,” the Scotsman reported on Friday.
“Although the cause is yet to be determined, this is not the first time a river has turned red in China,” the Daily Mail explained. “Last December, the Jian River in the city of Luoyang, in the north Henan province, turned red after becoming polluted by a powerful dye.”
The phenomenon has occurred elsewhere recently. For instance, in Camargue, a French river delta where the Rhône meets the sea, the water was reported turning red on August 9.
The video below attempts to explain the strange process as the result of increased solar activity interacting with organic and mineral compounds.
Increased and unprecedented solar activity is for real. Astronomers predicted a massive solar storm far larger than the one that produced spectacular light shows in August of 2010.
Last week we posted NASA photos showing immense plumes of solar material ejected from the sun. According to the video, this increased activity may be related to what is happening in the Yangtze and elsewhere.
In July, the most intense solar storm of the year was reported. It was registered as a class X1.1 solar flare — one of the strongest types of solar flares possible, according to the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center.