Rivers Tinted Red Following Mine Closures

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Water rich in iron flows tinted dark orange in a small Spree river on... News PhotoDark,Environmental Damage,Environmental Issues,Flowing,Germany,Horizontal,Pollution,Small,Spree River,Spreewald,WaterPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesVETSCHAU, GERMANY - JANUARY 31: Water rich in iron flows tinted dark orange in a small Spree river on January 31, 2013 in Vetschau, Germany. Many creeks and small 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)