No mystery here

This is a response to “smelly slime fills beaches”. I was raised on a lakefront property less than a mile north of Cedar Creek. When the water is low, the rust covering all the rocks dries out and turns orange. When the lake refills the colour goes back to dark reddish brown. 

The slime is as natural as the iron bacteria that secretes it. It can be found in wells and pipes and ponds, too. 

No mystery and no worries except that the slime is always on the rocks and it makes them slippery.

Jay Stewart

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