When you see a bright red river or a lake that glows a vivid green color, you probably think it belongs on another planet. But these incredibly striking bodies of water are right here on Earth. Here are the most beautiful and alien-looking rivers and lakes, sporting bizarre colors.
These travertine pools at Pamukkale, Turkey, have an unearthly color and form because of the calcium carbonate-rich mineral springs
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Huanghe River in Lanzhou, October 2006. A sewage pipeline released some red dye into the river, which caused the extraordinary color.
The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, colored by some pigmented bacteria
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A river in Xinmeizhou Village, Zheijang Province, China, turned red overnight in July 25, 2014, because somebody dumped artificial coloring in the water
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Green Crater Lake, Costa Rica, at the summit of the Irazú volcano, colored by mineral byproducts of the active volcano
Daqubang and Baiyang rivers in China, which have turned yellow because they have been seriously polluted by some local factories
Caño Cristales River, also known as "The River of Five Colors", Colombia. Its color comes from various plants.
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