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Karabash, population 11,000, was formed around the presence of a smelter, built in 1910, which makes it one of the oldest in Russia. Karabash is 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 not controlled or cleaned up in any way, and as a result, their total weight over the entire period of the plant’s operation was more than 14 million tons. 
In the production of copper from copper ore, a large amount of harmful substances are formed, mainly gases, such as derivatives of lead, sulfur, arsenic and copper. The mining and pollution create the semblance of a lunar landscape with no vegetation and tree tops that are bare due to acid rain.