In pursuit of useful minerals humans tend to forget the importance of ecological situation. In case such carelessness continues, our planet can soon be turned into another Mars. Today we’ll get a chance to come across one example of human unthoughtful behavior. Welcome to Karabash, the dirtiest city on the planet.
Karabash city located in the Chelyabinsk region is inhabited by 15000 people. The city aroused in 1822 at the site of an ancient Tatar settlement. The word ‘karabash’ means ‘black head’ in Tartar as vast copper deposits were located here.
Following several decades of ore mining the city turned into an area of environmental emergency as the enterprises lacked waste plants since the very beginning.
This enterprise produces and expels over 180 tones of gases a year that are turned into acid rains covering the adjacent territory. A lot of dust is contained in the air which makes it difficult to breathe. Acid rains don’t let the herbs grow. After the herbs die rain and winds wash off the ground turning mountains into rocks.
Main part of the city reminds of a village. Local people suffer from different genetic diseases such as cancer, cerebral paralysis, weakness of mind, eczema, etc.
Due to the bad ecological situation old metallurgic production was suspended. One fifth part of population lost the job. Society saw deep crisis and population decreased to 15 000 people.
Do you see the terricones? They are formed by slime that is dumped near the plant.
Don’t you think that this place resembles the Red Planet?
It has orange rivers and earth.
There are craters in the ground.
It’s hard to believe the place is inhabited by people.
That is what a usual forest should look like.