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Karabash, formed around the presence of a smelter built in 1910, is one of the oldest in Russia. However, it has become an environmental disaster area due to pollution of the atmosphere, water, and soil by copper waste. Throughout the Soviet period, the plant’s emissions were neither controlled nor cleaned up, resulting in a total weight of more than 14 million tons of pollution over the entire period of the plant’s operation.

In the production of copper from copper ore, a large amount of harmful substances are formed, primarily gases such as derivatives of lead, sulfur, arsenic, and copper. This mining and pollution have created a landscape reminiscent of the moon, devoid of vegetation, with tree tops bare due to acid rain.