Have you ever thought of a river being red in colour? Well, a video gaining alot of attention on the internet will open your eyes towards a new reality. The now-viral video displays a red-coloured river flowing in Peru and has surprised many netizens. The video is old, and keeps surfacing from time to time.
This time around, the video of the red river was shared by Twitter user Fascinating and shows the river flowing through a valley in the south American continent. This river in Cusco has cherry or brick red-coloured water, as seen in the footage. The river is locally known as Pukamayu. In Quechua language, "puka" means red, and "mayu" means river.
The Red River in Peru.pic.twitter.com/jMhXj3JUKC— Fascinating (@fasc1nate) October 31, 2022
As maintained by local media outlets, the water of the river turns red because of the mineral deposits present in the different layers of clay formed because of the soil erosion. The colour specifically due to the presence of iron oxide coming off the red region of the mountains. Since the final outcome is because of the rainwater run-off, the red river can be seen only during the monsoon. During the rest of the year, the flow of waters remains slow and the colour of the 'river' also remains muddy.
The source of the red river is Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain, whereby the natural erosion from wind and water has exposed the various layers of sediment, as a result of that displaying different colours.
The video was shared on Monday and since then it has gathered more than 2.7 million views and 51,000 likes. "The Red River in Peru," reads the caption of the post. Many social media users could not believe their eyes when they saw the video. One user commented, "Whoa that's freaky. Just goes to show our earth is wonderfully and intricately designed and created by God."