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The Bridge At Rio de Sangre | by 95wombat
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The Bridge At Rio de Sangre

The abandoned three-arch bridge across the Blacklick Creek leading to the long-vanished western Pennsylvania coal mining community of Claghorn.


I’m not tinkering with color balance on the water, nor are you seeing the warm light of early morning in autumn. The Blacklick Creek isn’t black at all for much of its length, it’s red, thanks to acid waste and metals leaching out of coal waste piles upstream.


By late afternoon I reached the big slag heap that’s the source of some of the contamination. Photo to come … you can sort of see the point where the stream turns from normal dark earth tones to bright red.


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Taken on October 18, 2017