Toxic beauty – Stunning photos of village flooded by a toxic lake

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Geamana is an abandoned village in Romania. The place makes for some intriguing pictures but it has a very sad story. In 1978 the communist regime forced the inhabitants of Geamana to move out so that an artificial lake could take its place that served as a kind of catch-basin for the nearby Roșia Poieni’s copper mine contaminated sludge to flow into. The lake, is a giant crater, filled mostly with acid red water. The tower of the church, the roofs of a few houses and various dead treetops are the only remnants today.

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13 thoughts on “Toxic beauty – Stunning photos of village flooded by a toxic lake”

  1. You can almost smell it, can’t you? Yet another of those small abrasions we have inflicted on Nature, ready for her to hold us to account when she has had enough. I do hope there isn’t such a thing as ‘Heaven’ and if there is, I don’t want to go there. A firing squad will be waiting for us!

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