Thursday, November 20, 2008

River's water becomes 'as corrosive as battery acid'

Years of "drought and mismanagement" have left parts of Australia's Murray-Darling river system "as corrosive as battery acid," reports New Scientist. That's because, as water levels plummet, the concentration of pollutants skyrockets.

There's a risk that the toxic river could contaminate lakes (wiping out aquatic life) and water supplies.

How many more rivers need to end up like this before protecting waterways becomes a red-flag priority for the US government?

(Image of the Darling-Murray confluence courtesy
Antonov14)

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