We’ve all heard of the Chernobyl, Fukushima, and Three Mile Island disasters, which wreaked havoc on the environment. Even though these calamities were horrible, they were one-time events that were promptly dealt with and contained. However, there are still toxic areas out there that have been and continue to be poisoned. The worst aspect is that many of us have never heard of them – take, for example, Geamăna, Romania.
Geamăna is a tiny Romanian settlement in the Apuseni Mountains, nestled in a valley. In 1978, the site was chosen as the site for Romania’s largest copper mine, and the village’s 1,000 people were moved quickly. Andy Schwetz, a German photographer, visited the valley recently to examine what remained of the community and how the copper mine impacted the ecosystem, and the photographs he shared will send shivers down your spine – see them in the gallery below.
#1 The Grave of Water
Geamăna came to the photographer’s attention after reading about it on a travel site, and he chose to visit it a year later. “The surroundings altered considerably as we came closer to my goal. Left and right, abandoned mining structures and overgrown cars dotted the path,” Andy said.”As society crumbled, I began to recognize what it was that drew me to such despicable places.”A strong oppressing sense that makes you feel uneasy. A melancholy vibe pervades the room, and I find myself at ease with it. Because it evokes the feeling I need to fully immerse oneself in this place in my photographs”
#4 The Lagoon of Poison
Andy couldn”t believe his eyes when he finally arrived at the beach and was flabbergasted. “There were dozens of little water veins crisscrossing the surface, which seemed to be stone””You could tell that the “stone”was actually a muddy, slightly loamy porridge if you went near enough to the shore,”the photographer remarked of the valley”s lake.
“In the background, the outlines of the gigantic copper mine that created this eerie setting could be seen.” The Roșia Poieni mine produces about 11,000 tons of copper per year.If you think about it, you may picture how much hazardous compounds are removed from the copper ore by flotation.
“In the background, the outlines of the gigantic copper mine that created this eerie setting could be seen.”The Roșia Poieni mine produces about 11,000 tons of copper per year. If you think about it, you may picture how much hazardous compounds are removed from the copper ore by flotation. Meanwhile, the photographer stated that the gathering basin is 360 hectares in area.
#5 Illusionary Beauty
#6 Apocalyptic Expectations
The crew then proceeded to a different location on the bank to film drone footage. “The hues that the lake suddenly shows are strange.”From blood red to rust-brown to azure blue, yellow, and gray, there”s a color for everyone. The consistency differs as well. Sometimes it’algae, and other times it’s so stiff that you can walk a few meters on it. Andy said, “And the murky poisonous soup continues to rise”
#7 We construct bridges
There are still 11 families living in the poisoned valley, however Andy believes they may be forced to leave shortly. A church used to stand on a little mountain above the lake, but the sludge has risen 90 cm (35.4 in) per year, leaving just the top of the tower visible, which might be gone in a few years.
#10 Farewell Again
Another thing the photographer saw was the complete lack of life — after spending nearly an entire day near the lake, he didn’t even detect any insects. “I can’t believe that if the current mine operator claims the water is pure based on the stated guiding parameters,”Andy continued.
#11 Apocalyptic Expectations
#12 The World Is Coming to an End
“I realized that, in addition to the world’s major catastrophes, there were many smaller and lesser- known calamities, and how vital it is to document them while it is still possible,” she says. Tim Peake explains.
#13 Bridges are being burned
#14 Structures that are no longer alive
#15 This isn’t a beach
“The perpetrators of this ecological disaster can no longer be held accountable, and contemporary mine operators are now responsible, but they must also live with the consequences of their actions”For the rest of us, it is preferable to find a new house sooner rather than later. “Their homes will vanish forever in the muddy masses, but not from their hearts,” Andy said.
#18 Never give up
#19 The Tide Is Coming to Take Everything You Have
#20 Rhein is toxic