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These Vivid Paint Colors Are Sourced From Polluted Streams

Tasbeeh Herwees

Athens, Ohio had a major problem -- the hundreds of underground coal mines that dotted the state of Ohio were causing toxic run-off, polluting the water and killing the fish. Guy Riefler, a professor in civil engineering, saw the beautiful and vivid colors that resulted from the runoff when it came in contact with water and decided to turn it into paint. The runoff makes deep mustardy yellows and dark red-blacks -- paints that aren't just beautiful, but environmentally sustainable.

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