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El Tajo

This picture was taken a Cerro de Pasco, Peru. The town lies at 4400 meters above sea level. The 3*2 kilometers wide mine has brought employment and some infrastructure to the region. However its environmental impact are dramatic: waste from the mines seeped into the water supply, and polluted the springs which run through the pastures; lakes once famous for fish and birdlife are discoloured, and acidic. Fumes from the smelter and other processing plants polluted the air causing serious lung problems to locals. The health of people and livestock has been badly affected.

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