Goldstream River suddenly turned neon green.
Horrified nature lovers at Goldstream Provincial
Park watched as the Goldstream River turned bright
green. It happened on December 29, 2010. The waters
of the river suddenly became neon green, and everyone
passing by it rubbed their eyes to make sure what
they were seeing wasnt just an illusion.
After analyzing the neon green water, the local
Environment Ministry said it was the result of a
chemical called fluorescein. Neither
the substance itself nor its products of degradation
are toxic, and experts believe that fish and their
habitat were not affected, judging by the concentration
and flow rate of the river.
The chemical is usually used to trace leaks from
septic tanks and water systems and can be bought
online. Fluorescein is also used in medical diagnosis
and guidelines warn it can cause reactions ranging
from nausea and hives to death from anaphylactic
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