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In the flats of Camargue, the usually blue water turns a very creepy red.

Horror movie scenes and natural phenomena collide in the salt flats of France where the Rhône river meets the sea, creating quite the startling sight.

The high concentration of salt not only turns the water red, but also collects on just about everything.

NY Daily News writes:

At first glance, it might look like a sign of the apocalypse – but scientists say the blood red lakes in southern France are actually a natural phenomenon. Camargue, France is a river delta where the Rhône meets the sea. The picturesque area is home to numerous salt flats, and it is this concentration of salt that will occasionally stain red the regions normally blue water. A photographer driving through the region recently stopped to chronicle the incredible blood-red color of the water and the trillions of salt crystals crusting rocks, branches and shoreline. Though it is unclear how often this phenomenon occurs, salt has been a lifeblood of the region for hundreds of years. Today, evaporation pans at Salin-de-Giraud, the largest salt extraction city in Europe, extend for thousands of acres and produce some 1,000,000 metric tons of salt per year, according to The area is also home to riz rouge, or red rice, so-named for its unmistakable blood red color.


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