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October 23, 2006—Discharge from a sewage pipe in Lanzhou, in western Gansu province, causes China's Yellow River to run red, the latest example of pollution to affect the country's rivers (China map, facts, music, more).

Environmental protection officials took samples from the contaminated half-mile (800-meter) section of river, fearing the red liquid was toxic. The heating company that discharged the water claims that the fluid was a non-poisonous dye used to prevent illegal diversion of water from its boilers, according to Chinese press reports.

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