This quaint village has been engulfed by a lake of toxic sludge


It's hard to believe that Geamana, Romania was once a bustling little village with hundreds of residents-- because today, it's now a...

It's hard to believe that Geamana, Romania was once a bustling little village with hundreds of residents-- because today, it's now a bubbling red swamp of poisonous waste. In the late 1970's, the Communist dictator of Romania ordered the people of Geamana out of their homes so that he could build a copper mine on top of their town. Given that their choice was between moving or having their house flooded by lake of deadly cyanide, all 400 families evacuated Geamana, and the village was turned into a catch-all for the toxic waste from the Ro┼čia Poieni┬ámine-- so basically, a giant poison pit.

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Today, you can still see the church steeple, the roofs of a few houses and various dead and withered treetops poking out of the disturbingly red lake-- the ecosystem of the valley has just been totally destroyed. While it's possible to visit, it's a smelly, stark landscape-- but it makes for some intriguing pictures.

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geamana romania
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Dangerous lakes of poison from open-pit mines aren't just in Romania, though. You can actually pay 2 dollars to visit Montana's Berkeley Acid Pit, which is currently burning its way into the water supply of the city of Butte-- but I hear they have a lovely gift shop, at least.

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