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TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 3 – 9 September 2016

redThis is the Daldykan River near the city of Norilsk in Russia’s Arctic region. It mysteriously turned blood red.

From the ABC news story:

Norilsk is known as one of the most polluted cities on earth, built around factories mostly belonging to the vast metals company Norilsk Nickel. Some Norilsk residents wrote in a local social media group that they believed the river’s biblical shade is linked to runoff from a nearby smelting plant.

Some suggested the color was being produced by wastewater mixed with mineral ore leaking into the river from the Hope Metals Plant.

Lest we be too critical don’t forget our own ‘orange river’ last year.

On a lighter note, yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the debut of the TV show Star Trek on NBC.

Yes, I was there but don’t recall much because I was two years old.

Star trek

What a long strange trip it’s been. Kirk

Live long and prosper. Now beam me up, Scotty.

And the word is out – Captain Kirk preferred tap water!


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