1. Just 100 kilometers from Yekaterinburg there is an absolutely incredible place. The locals call it “Mars-in-the-Urals”, but in actual fact, it is just a set of abandoned clay quarries.
2. It is one of the biggest deposits in the Urals: Extending over a distance of 20 kilometers, the quarries cover an area of about 75 square kilometers in total.
4. The clay was used to make the red bricks used in the construction of metallurgical plants in the Urals.
6. There is practically no vegetation of any kind here, but there are several eerie lakes, blue or brown in color, giving the landscape a "Martian" appearance. The color of each lake depends on which chemical element predominates: Quartz, marcasite, ilmenite or rutile.
7. The lakes have small islands but it is practically impossible to get to them. Naturally, you can't go for a swim or even enter the water - all the lakes are polluted by industrial waste from the plant.
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