2010 Photo Contest, Nature, 3rd prize

Fang Qianhua

Southern Metropolis Daily

05 November, 2009

Oranges affected by cadmium contamination, near the Xianghe Chemical factory, Liuyang, Hunan province, China. The factory illegally processed ore from zinc production to extract the heavy metal cadmium. Waste water and earth remaining from the process was dumped into a narrow valley behind the factory. The chemical plant was closed down in 2009, but environmental experts found crops and soil up to 1.5 km away to be severely contaminated.

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Fang Qianhua

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