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Holidaymakers splash in the turquoise waters of the Rosignano Solvay beach in Tuscany and laze on its pristine white sands -- most of them fully aware that the picture-perfect swimming spot owes its allure to a nearby factory.Questions have lingered for decades over why the sea and sand are such startling colors -- with some environmentalists suggesting the phenomenon is caused by heavy metals emitted by the plant.The beach, about 4 kilometers long, is named after the Solvay factory, which produces soda ash for making glass as well as sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda.Swimming is banned along a small stretch of the beach, but that is because of a strong current in the area.The plant, some 25 kilometers south of the port city Livorno, opened at the start of the last century and a new town, Rosignano Solvay, sprang up to house workers and their families.
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