+33 490 162 042 Call us
Facebook About us Français

Image number: 2437405

Río Tinto, Andalucia, Spain

© Jean-Philippe Delobelle / Biosphoto

View author's portfolio

Rights Managed

JPEG bitmap image

Image size: 5504x8256 pixels (18.3"x27.5" @300dpi)

Shooting date : 2019-05-23

LightboxDownload low resolution imageDownload hi-resolution image

Río Tinto ("Red River") is very acidic (Ph 2) and has a deep reddish hue due to iron dissolved in water. The acidity of the watercourse is linked to the drainage of pyrite, which is very present in the subsoil. Extremophilic and endemic bacteria and algae colonize the river bed, forming a fragile biofilm that evokes the hot springs of Yellowstone Park in the USA.


Matter (substance) / Mineral matter / Rock fragment / Rock (stone)

Matter (substance) / Degraded matter / Corrosion / Rust

Matter (substance) / Mineral matter / Mineral / Oxide

Matter (substance) / Water (matter) / Water surface

Matter (substance) / Chemical element / Solid chemical element / Iron Fe

Microorganism / Bacterium / Archaea


Science / Meteorology / Meteorological phenomenon / Sky / blue sky

Matter (substance) / Mineral matter / Sulphur

Europe / European Union / Spain / Andalusia Autonomous community

Colour / Colorful

Area / Freshwater wetland area / Body of water / River

Organism / Morphology / Morphology (botany) / Woody plant / Tree

Colour / Red

Shot / Overview

Matter (substance) / Mineral matter / Iron

Matter (substance) / Mineral matter / Copper

Economic activity / Mining industry / Mine

Matter (substance) / Water (matter) / Ferruginous water

Ambiance / Seasons / Temperate season / Spring

Science / Meteorology / Meteorological phenomenon / Sky / Cloud

Area / Freshwater wetland area / Freshwater spring

Individual / Nobody

Your request is processing. Please wait...

Galleries General conditions Legal notices Photographers area

Your request has been registered.

To use this feature you must first register or login.

Log in

To organize photos in lightboxes you must first register or login. Registration is FREE! Lightboxes allow you to categorize your photos, to keep them when you sign in and send them by email.

Log in

A Biosphoto authorization has to be granted prior using this feature. We'll get in touch shortly, please check that your contact info is up to date. Feel free to contact us in case of no answer during office hours (Paris time).

Delete permanently this lightbox?

Delete permanently all items?

The lightbox has been duplicated

The lightbox has been copied in your personal account

Your request has been registered. You will receive an e-mail shortly in order to download your images.

You can insert a comment that will appear within your downloads reports.

Your album has been sent.

In case of modification, changes will be seen by your recipient.

If deleted, your album won't be avalaible for your recipient anymore.