10 Karabash, the Darkest Place on the Planet

Karabash, the Darkest Place on the Planet

Posted on June 23, 2014 by tim


In Russia, some people say the city of Karabash is the blackest point on the planet. As Dmitrij, the photographer writes: "Karabash is Southern Uralian Mars. It has all the signs of an extraterrestrial place - dead soil, covered with cracks, a river with its reddish-yellow waters with no signs of life and black artificial mountains."

Then he explains that the reason for all this is a large copper molding factory which has poisoned the local nature for years. He says that in the 1990s the city was called the most polluted city on Earth and acknowledged as a real catastrophic site.

Here are a few photos of the place taken by Dmitrij with his flying drone:

"After one hour of taking photos I felt physically sick. My eyes become damp because of the strong bitter smell in the air, I felt dizzy."

"We knew from the news reports of the 1990s that this place is horrific: acid rain, air is poisoned, river is dead, not any chance to survive."


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10 Responses to “Karabash, the Darkest Place on the Planet”

  1. George says:

    Most people don’t realize it, but copper is a “heavy metal” like lead, cadmium, mercury, etc…. Very poisonous. But it’s hard, so it doesn’t leach out much.
    So it’s good for things like doorknobs, kills bacteria after people touch it.
    But until it gets into its metal form, it’s pretty dangerous.

  2. Bob says:

    I don’t get it – why drive a Skyline on CRAPPY Russian roads!??!

    And where is the obligatory honey???

  3. Rob Norman says:

    Protection of the natural environment has never been the strongest side in Russia. We have a similar place along the Norwegian border, the city of Nickel. Also looks like a nuclear bomb has blown the forest away, and if you stop beside the road it looks like a garbage dump every where. It is a huge shame cause Russia have so much incredible, beautiful and rare wilderness that should have been treated with respect and honour.
    Luckily there are huge areas of exotic wilderness still left in great mother Russia, probably some of the last real intact northern wilderness on our planet.

  4. Bob L says:

    How nice, and we Americans get to pay the price with stricter emissions while Karabash keeps right on polluting

    • Darius says:

      I think you do not want to follow the Karabash way and it does not matter how “cheap” it is at the moment. Russia has lots of empty land so so far they can afford that.

    • Ricsi says:

      You allow fracking and tar sands,do you know what they are doing to your environment,let alone destroying nature with GM crap.

    • Matt says:

      I would think seeing this would convince you that the price is worth it.

  5. Ricsi says:

    It is not a city but a town of 13,000 people maximum.

    • bob says:

      ….with copper at $3.00+ per pound and soon to go up…i will go clean it up….for “free”…. WalMart would be rich(er) if they could get some and make 22 rounds…been out for several years now(not keeping in stock anyway)…..

  6. bob says:

    Karabashians making copper “shooting themselves in their foot”… Americans with no copper(to make brass)….cant even shoot themselves…

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