There’s no denying the absolute beauty of this photograph. This photograph appears to be idyllic and calm, yet all is not as it seems. This is Geamăna, a lovely town in Romania’s Carpathian Mountains, which was exposed to cyanide, copper, and other toxic waste, posing a serious health risk.
This town was intentionally flooded with toxic byproducts back in 1978 when the then-dictator Nicolae Ceausescu decided he was tired of seeing people being happy. Today, it remains one of the most hazardous sites on the planet since it’s still used as a dumpsite for mining waste. What an utter shame.