Fact Check: Did The Nile River Really Turn Red?

Some people on social media have posted a video that they say shows the Nile River becoming red. According to a user, the Nile River has turned red in several areas, and no one seems to know why.

This assertion is not valid. The film depicts a lagoon in Chile rather than the Nile in Egypt. ‘Check Your Fact’ located the Laguna using a reverse image search. The picture’s backdrop mountain in Chile was identical to the one in the X video.

The Red Lagoon has inspired several myths, according to a Chilean website. A local legend states that long ago, an Aymara tribe settled there without realizing that the land was owned by the devil and had drenched it red as a sign of danger. Reportedly, the inhabitants of the area perished after consuming the water, which intensified the reddish hue of the lagoon.

Despite a definitive answer, research points to sand and microalgae Chlamynodephris as the culprits responsible for the lagoon’s characteristic red hue. Its temperature ranges from 100 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, according to estimates.

A 2016 satellite picture of the Nile River in Egypt showed the river looking fiery red, making many think of the first plague in The Bible when the Nile turned to blood. But, this time, it’s not God’s punishment at work.

A report reveals the reddish tint of the river was captured by the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-3A satellite, which measures infrared radiation using a radiometer.

The heat causes the reddish hue that the plants along the riverbank radiate. Changes in the environment may be tracked by the satellite. As the most advanced monitoring system ever deployed, the Copernicus program consists of over a dozen satellites. Subtle variations in surface color indicate crop failure, and the satellite can detect these changes to predict impending droughts.