Photo Gallery: Fighting Mining Muck in the Spree River
Foto: Patrick Pleul/ dpa
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Photo Gallery: Fighting Mining Muck in the Spree River

Muddy Waters Mining Legacy Pollutes East German Rivers

The Spree River region in Eastern Germany is a major tourist destination, known for its picturesque, meandering tributaries. But now tons of iron ochre flushed up from brown-coal pit mines are turning the river brown, killing plants and animals, and threatening to drive visitors away from its prime attraction.