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The Environmental Protection Agency in the United States recently added a further 10 toxic waste sites to the 527 contaminated properties which endanger life. There are around 1,060 hazardous waste sites on their list, all created from man’s use of technology.

Toxic contamination however, is a world-wide issue and not restricted to any one country. Here are just a few of the worst man-made disasters, or improve man’s lot through technology.

The most toxic place in the U.S.A. Picher, Oklahoma, was once the world’s richest lead and zinc mining field, housing 20,000 people. Less than 25 people remain. Mountains of mining, lead contaminated waste, loom over the town.

The Aral Sea is nearly dry from Soviet irrigation projects. Fishing boats sit aground, rusting in a vast, contaminated desert wasteland.

Guiyu, China, is the world’s second-most polluted place on the planet. It is the largest e-waste village, where electronic trash is pulled apart by hand, to retrieve valuable parts and wires. Circuit boards are burned, cooked and soaked in acid to extract scraps of precious metals.

The Pacific Rubbish Vortex, twice the size of Texas, consists of 3.5 million tons of rubbish, 90% of which is plastic debris, swirls between California and Hawaii.

Following gas drilling on the Indonesian island of Java, a “mud volcano” killed 13 people. Hot sulfuric mud continuously gushes from the ground. The steaming pool of mud covers more than 25sq k and is growing at an estimated 50,000 cubic meters every day.

Scientists expect the mud volcano to continue erupting for another 30 years.
The Berkeley Pit Lake, a copper mine, is filled with more than 40 billion gallons of acidic water and heavy metals. It is a hazard to migrating birds.

The Chernobyl Nuclear Station exploded in 1986, releasing radioactive material into the air and contaminating millions of square miles. Two decades later, the area is a radioactive freeze frame of the old USSR.

In 1984, the Union Carbide pesticide manufacturing plant in Bhopal, India, leaked 32 tons of deadly methyl isocyanate. Thousands were blinded, deformed and disabled, while thousands died. More than 2,000 bodies were cremated in one day. The water and soil close to the factory are toxic from the still leaking plant. There has been no attempt made to clean-up the area.

Trying to clean up following nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands, in the late 1970s, the U.S. government dug up 111,000 cubic yards of radioactive soil and deposited it on Runit Island, in a 350-foot wide crater left by the nuclear tests. An enormous, foot-and-a-half-thick, 100,000-square-foot dome made up of 358 gigantic concrete panels, was built over the site. The area is still radioactive.

A Soviet drilling rig accidentally punched into a massive underground natural gas cavern, in 1971, causing the ground to collapse and the entire drilling rig to fall in. Poisonous fumes began leaking from the hole. The 328 ft. wide hole, in the Turkmenistan desert, has been continuously on fire, for 38 years, since the Russians set the hole aflame, in order to head off a potential deadly catastrophe.

Now a toxic ghost town, Australia’s Wittenoom, Pilbara, was once the area’s largest town in the asbestos mining area. In 1966 it was officially closed down due to health concerns.
Centralia, Pennsylvania’s underground coal fire, ignited sometime in 1962. In 1981 a 12-year-old boy fell into a 150-foot hole that suddenly appeared in his back yard. In 1992 the entire town was condemned.

Nauru has just a 150-meter-wide strip of fertile land left along one of its shores, after decades of strip mining for phosphorus. The mining has devastated over 80 % of Nauru’s land, leaving it a barren wasteland of jagged limestone pinnacles up to 49 ft. high.

Finally we have the Mexico Gulf oil spill which is as however unmeasurable. Yet man and his technology are having difficulty correcting the problemThe Environmental Protection Agency in the United States recently added a further 10 toxic waste sites to the 527 contaminated properties which endanger life. There are around 1,060 hazardous waste sites on their list, all created from man’s use of technology.

Toxic contamination however, is a world-wide issue and not restricted to any one country. Here are just a few of the worst man-made disasters, or improve man’s lot through technology.

The most toxic place in the U.S.A. Picher, Oklahoma, was once the world’s richest lead and zinc mining field, housing 20,000 people. Less than 25 people remain. Mountains of mining, lead contaminated waste, loom over the town.

The Aral Sea is nearly dry from Soviet irrigation projects. Fishing boats sit aground, rusting in a vast, contaminated desert wasteland.

Guiyu, China, is the world’s second-most polluted place on the planet. It is the largest e-waste village, where electronic trash is pulled apart by hand, to retrieve valuable parts and wires. Circuit boards are burned, cooked and soaked in acid to extract scraps of precious metals.

The Pacific Rubbish Vortex, twice the size of Texas, consists of 3.5 million tons of rubbish, 90% of which is plastic debris, swirls between California and Hawaii.

Following gas drilling on the Indonesian island of Java, a “mud volcano” killed 13 people. Hot sulfuric mud continuously gushes from the ground. The steaming pool of mud covers more than 25sq k and is growing at an estimated 50,000 cubic meters every day.

Scientists expect the mud volcano to continue erupting for another 30 years.
The Berkeley Pit Lake, a copper mine, is filled with more than 40 billion gallons of acidic water and heavy metals. It is a hazard to migrating birds.

The Chernobyl Nuclear Station exploded in 1986, releasing radioactive material into the air and contaminating millions of square miles. Two decades later, the area is a radioactive freeze frame of the old USSR.

In 1984, the Union Carbide pesticide manufacturing plant in Bhopal, India, leaked 32 tons of deadly methyl isocyanate. Thousands were blinded, deformed and disabled, while thousands died. More than 2,000 bodies were cremated in one day. The water and soil close to the factory are toxic from the still leaking plant. There has been no attempt made to clean-up the area.

Trying to clean up following nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands, in the late 1970s, the U.S. government dug up 111,000 cubic yards of radioactive soil and deposited it on Runit Island, in a 350-foot wide crater left by the nuclear tests. An enormous, foot-and-a-half-thick, 100,000-square-foot dome made up of 358 gigantic concrete panels, was built over the site. The area is still radioactive.

A Soviet drilling rig accidentally punched into a massive underground natural gas cavern, in 1971, causing the ground to collapse and the entire drilling rig to fall in. Poisonous fumes began leaking from the hole. The 328 ft. wide hole, in the Turkmenistan desert, has been continuously on fire, for 38 years, since the Russians set the hole aflame, in order to head off a potential deadly catastrophe.

Now a toxic ghost town, Australia’s Wittenoom, Pilbara, was once the area’s largest town in the asbestos mining area. In 1966 it was officially closed down due to health concerns.

Centralia, Pennsylvania’s underground coal fire, ignited sometime in 1962. In 1981 a 12-year-old boy fell into a 150-foot hole that suddenly appeared in his back yard. In 1992 the entire town was condemned.

Nauru has just a 150-meter-wide strip of fertile land left along one of its shores, after decades of strip mining for phosphorus. The mining has devastated over 80 % of Nauru’s land, leaving it a barren wasteland of jagged limestone pinnacles up to 49 ft. high.

Finally we have the Mexico Gulf oil spill which is as however unmeasurable. Yet man and his technology are having difficulty correcting the problem



Source by Wendy Stenberg-Tendys

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