Rivers Tinted Red Following Mine Closures : News Photo

Rivers Tinted Red Following Mine Closures

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VETSCHAU, GERMANY - JANUARY 31: Iron-rich sludge clings to leaves in the ponds that are fed by a nearby creek next to Schloss Vetschau palace on January 31, 2013 in Vetschau, Germany. Many creeks and small Spree rivers in the regions around Vetschau and Spremberg in eastern Germany have turned a distinctive red or dark orange following the closure of nearby open-pit coal mines. Geologists say that the returning gound water levels in the former mines is bringing iron-rich ore into the water, and though the sludge isn't poisonous, environmentalists are concerned over the long-term affects. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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VETSCHAU, GERMANY - JANUARY 31: Iron-rich sludge clings to leaves in the ponds that are fed by a nearby creek next to Schloss Vetschau palace on January 31, 2013 in Vetschau, Germany. Many creeks and small Spree rivers in the regions around Vetschau and Spremberg in eastern Germany have turned a distinctive red or dark orange following the closure of nearby open-pit coal mines. Geologists say that the returning gound water levels in the former mines is bringing iron-rich ore into the water, and though the sludge isn't poisonous, environmentalists are concerned over the long-term affects. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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Ironrich sludge clings to leaves in the ponds that are fed by a... News Photo 160456905Bestof,Close To,Creek,Environmental Damage,Environmental Issues,Germany,Horizontal,Leaves,Palace,Pollution,Pond,Slimy,Spree River,Spreewald,Topics,TopixPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesVETSCHAU, GERMANY - JANUARY 31: Iron-rich sludge clings to leaves in the ponds that are fed by a nearby creek next to Schloss Vetschau palace on January 31, 2013 in Vetschau, Germany. Many creeks and small Spree rivers in the regions around Vetschau and Spremberg in eastern Germany have turned a distinctive red or dark orange following the closure of nearby open-pit coal mines. Geologists say that the returning gound water levels in the former mines is bringing iron-rich ore into the water, and though the sludge isn't poisonous, environmentalists are concerned over the long-term affects. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)