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This is NOT what you think it is!

July 18, 2013 08:49 IST

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You are wrong if you are thinking that this is some Photoshop art of sorts.

The set of photos that you are going to see here are part of a unique process in China called sand washing, which intends to move a reported 30 million tons of silt downstream in the Yellow River.

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Image: Visitors watch water gushing from the section of the Xiaolangdi Reservoir on the Yellow River, during a sand-washing operation in Jiyuan, Henan province
Photographs: Reuters

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The on-going operation works by discharging water at a volume of 2,600 cubic meters per second from the reservoir to clear up the sediment in the Yellow River, China's second-longest waterway. 

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Image: Visitors watch water gushing from the section of the Xiaolangdi Reservoir on the Yellow River
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Speeding currents would carry tons of sand into the sea.

The Yellow River has been plagued by an increasing amount of mud and sand. 

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Image: Visitors watch water gushing from the section of the Xiaolangdi Reservoir on the Yellow River
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The river bed rises each year as some 1.6 million tonnes of silt deposits build up -- sparking fears that this may cause the river to break out its levees during floods.

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Image: Visitors watch water gushing from the section of the Xiaolangdi Reservoir on the Yellow River
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The speeding currents carry tonnes of sand into the sea each year.

The highest volume of silt is produced during the rainy season from July to October.

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Image: Visitors look at water gushing from the section of the Xiaolangdi Reservoir on the Yellow River
Photographs: Reuters
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