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The most polluted lake in the world located near Dzerzhinsk

In the past it was a swamped karst chasm, and today it is one of the most polluted bodies of water on the planet known as the “Black Hole.”

The lake is located between Nizhny Novgorod and Dzerzhinsk, on the outskirts of Dzerzhinsk eastern industrial zone (coordinates 56.2635788 43.6624149, Google Maps location). The lake is surrounded by barbed wire with banning-warning labels. Photos by Lana Sator

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According to unofficial data the lake contains about three hundred thousand cubic meters of various hazardous substances. Staying near the lake is dangerous to health. In the heat the concentration of phenol near the dump exceeds the norm by a thousand times.

Currently, different plans to rehabilitate the place are being developed.

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2 comments

  • Kevin E. Ortiz · April 10, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Jesus Christ this is scary. I come from a very poor country in South America where pollution is a problem but nothing of this magnitude has been ever been seen there. It’s scary to see this and realize this is what we’ve done to our Earth. Sad, sad, sad…. May God protect us always…

  • Kat · January 29, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    My family lives 14km from this place. We didn’t even know.
    It’s scary that I grew up next to this.

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