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What a beautiful place to live...
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What a beautiful place to live...

"a body of water with trees and mountains in the background"

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Onyma Report This Comment
Date: May 18, 2012 02:48PM

After being used as a dumping site for radioactive waste for decades, Lake Karachay, located in the southern Ural mountains in western Russia, has become the most polluted spot in the world. In 1968, during drought conditions, the wind carried radioactive dust away from the lake’s dried area, irradiating half a million people.

The radiation level in the region near where radioactive effluent is discharged into the lake was 600 röntgens per hour in 1990, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Natural Resources Defense Council, more than sufficient to give a lethal dose to a human within an hour.

[en.wikipedia.org]



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BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: May 18, 2012 03:38PM

This is a night time picture of the lake, right?
quasi Report This Comment
Date: May 18, 2012 04:00PM

I wonder how well a lead canoe would float.
BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: May 18, 2012 04:09PM

Floating is about water displacement not the buoyancy of materials.

BTW, I like your pics better Q. It's nice to get a glimpse of some reality here once in a while.



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quasi Report This Comment
Date: May 18, 2012 06:14PM

But an object still has to be bouyant enough to overcome it's sheer weight which, granted, is easier than one might think. I know there have been concrete ships in the past, but lead is pretty damned heavy, especially enough of it to make a canoe. You can take the first ride & let me know how it goes, Blah.

I can't believe how stupid and wasteful they were to spoil such a beautiful place. I'd love to canoe there, if not for the deadliness of the place.



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Anon Report This Comment
Date: May 18, 2012 09:13PM

Who cares if it floats!, whats going to be crawling out of that lake in the next thousand years. Ought to be interesting.
Onyma Report This Comment
Date: May 19, 2012 12:39AM

So apparently I lied! The site I got it from has the wrong photo for the caption. Lake Karachay obviously exists, but that photo is not it. That photo is of Crater Lake in Oregon and the little island is called "Phantom Ship".

So Quasi, canoe away... let me know when I can join you!
BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: May 19, 2012 02:47AM

I sure thought it was Crater Lake when I saw it at first but I kept my mouth shut for a change. I don't think they allow any boats of any kind on the lake at all anymore. They used to have park boat rides to Wizard Island but I think they stopped that too, so the canoe trip is probably out Quasi.
woberto Report This Comment
Date: May 19, 2012 04:09AM

Ha ha.
Still an interesting factoid.
fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: May 19, 2012 01:21PM

sorta kinda, not really, but maybe....
fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: May 19, 2012 01:24PM