These DROP-DEAD beautiful places are in fact pools of industrial waste (PHOTOS)

Almost a dozen ash disposal sites belonging to combined heat and power stations (CHP plants) and liquid waste reservoirs at industrial plants across the country look like landscapes from outer space, but it is very dangerous to have anything to do with them.

“The superficial beauty of these places conceals a horrendous threat to the environment,” Alexander Sukharev, a Moscow photographer who took the photos, wrote on Twitter. A co-founder of the ‘Kosmaj Project’, Sukharev travelled around Russia this summer and used a quadcopter to photograph industrial liquid waste reservoirs and thermal power station ash dumps.

The sludge disposal site of an aluminium plant in the city of Kamensk-Uralsky in the Sverdlovsk Region.

“This summer, we spent two and a half months travelling across the whole of Russia, all the way to Vladivostok. There were a couple of such sites on our itinerary. But along the way I was so drawn into this whole business that I started looking for such lakes in every city we passed,” the photographer said.

As a result, his compilation includes pictures of liquid waste dumps in Sterlitamak, the Sverdlovsk Region, Zima, Tyumen, the Maritime Territory, Karabash and Omsk, as well as from the ‘Maldives’ of Novosibirsk - an ash dump in which the shade of the water is bright turquoise as at the tourist resorts on the famous islands.

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In the case of the Siberian ‘Maldives’, the color of the water is a result of its high alkalinity and relatively low depth - just one or two meters. “Walking around the ash dump is like walking around a military training ground - it is dangerous and undesirable… Skin contact with the water could produce a local allergic reaction, due to the high mineral content,” management of the thermal power plant explained.

Novosibirsk Combined Heat and Power Plant No 5 (CHP-5)

It turns out that many ash and sludge disposal reservoirs are particularly beautiful precisely owing to the chemical processes and this draws photographers to them. “The palette of a fatal artist,” says Sukharev. He plans to expand his collection of views of industrial reservoirs.

Wastewater reservoir of a copper-sulphide mine near the village of Lyovikha in the Sverdlovsk Region.
Liquid waste reservoir near the town of Zima.
Liquid waste reservoir on the route of the Chita-Khabarovsk highway.
Waste treatment facilities in Sterlitamak.
Industrial reservoir of the Tyumen CHP-2 power plant.
The ash dump of the Artyom CHP power plant in the Maritime Territory.
The Omsk CHP power plant waste dump.
Liquid waste reservoir on the route of the Irkutsk-Krasnoyarsk highway.

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