Friday, August 7, 2015

An Acid-Spilling Mine Turned This Colorado River Bright Orange

This time of year kayaks and inner tubes usually crowd the crystal-clear waters of the Animas River, which flows through the western Colorado city of Durango. Last night, the river was quickly abandoned as one million gallons of wastewater seeping from a local mine slowly trickled downstream, eventually coloring the entire river an eerie electric orange.

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