'Blood lake' a product of drought
Red bacteria thrive in the oxygen-poor water of a drought-shrunken Texas lake, naturalists say.
August 5th, 2011
12:50 PM ET

'Blood lake' a product of drought

A Texas reservoir has turned a deep red, prompting a pastor to speculate it's a sign of the coming Apocalypse.

But the Texas Department of Fish and Wildlife says it's just an indication of how bad the current drought is. About 99% of Texas is under drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

The Texas Department of Fish and Wildlife says water levels in the reservoir receded, which, mixed with the warm weather, helped lower oxygen levels. The low oxygen levels prompted a fish kill and spurred the growth of  bacteria called Chromatiaceae, which thrive in such conditions. Chromatiaceae are purplish in color, prompting the "blood" red descriptions.

Texas Department of Fish and Wildlife says the reservoir will be restocked with fish as soon as the drought ends and water levels return to normal.

The Texas drought has emptied several other lakes, including one in East Texas. The receding water revealed a part of the space shuttle Columbia, which broke up over Texas in 2003, at the bottom of the lake.

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  1. scdad

    Thank Jefferson for seperation of cult and state. Could you imagine a freak like that writing policy?

    August 5, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I'm really not as warm as I was last summer.
    We replaced all of. our air conditioners with Friedrich units; they're much better.

    August 5, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sheila

    yes, red mud is a sign of the apocalypse. it says so in the Gospel of Steve 8: 12.

    August 5, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ms. Banasy

    I would have so loved to have you as my Nanny.
    You are a very sweet person.
    I agree with JIF.

    August 5, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kary

    A scientific explanation?! No, no,... science is Satan's way of trying to get people to disbelieve in God! So shut up you scientists... what do you know... your years of research and study have made you blind! My religiosity and ignorance lead me to conclude that is definitively an act of God. Turn and repent! God can save you from your wicked ways and logic!

    August 5, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • lol

      There is no such thing as a "satan", nor a "god". Those are merely lame myths made up to ensnare the gullible.

      August 5, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Callie8

      Are you joking?? in the words of the almighty George Carlin: When it comes to bull*^^*, big-time, major league bull*^^*, you have to stand in awe of the all-time champion of false promises and exaggerated claims, religion. No contest. No contest. Religion. Religion easily has the greatest bull*^^* story ever told. Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time!
      But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He's all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can't handle money! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more. Now, you talk about a good bull*^^* story. Holy S*&^! Gotta love George!

      August 5, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Uh...

    ...I find red mud very beneficial to my complexion, plus the mud pack looks very festive.

    August 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Uh...

    @Kary: ROTFLMAO!!!

    August 5, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    fernace as a Nanny for their children?
    Secret out: we had three.
    Nobody is that lucky, as fernace in charge of then.

    August 5, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    In charge of "them," not of "then."

    August 5, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. midwestmatt

    The end times because a lake is turning red??

    And we're supposed to even humor these idiots? Take any and all morons who actually think this and push them out of this country by any means possible.

    August 5, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    "...of them," not "of then."

    August 5, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. hehe

    How retarded does one have to be to believe in an "apocalypse", ROFLMAO!

    August 5, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. fernace

    @JIF & Ms. banasy thanks, y'all! I feel the same about you! If I wasn't retired I'd have loved to care for your kids! Have a great week end!!

    August 5, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mad Hatter

    We've been told the end is near for over 2000 years. And the 2012 prediction is crap.

    August 6, 2011 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  15. me oh me

    well well well its one little tiny lake and suddenly its the end of times???? haha ridiculous people get over that if that was true then why is it one tiny lake i one state looks to me it would be all over and not in just one place i guess these texans better be on the look out because apparently the apocalipcs only applys to yall

    August 6, 2011 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
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