Slag heap from sulphuric acid plant near houses.

Slag heap from sulphuric acid plant near houses.

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Caption: Slag heap. Land contaminated by slag heaps from an old sulphuric acid plant, close to a residential area. Slag consists of various waste impurities produced in metallurgical smelting and combustion processes. The smelting of copper, lead and zinc is the basis of sulphur dioxide production in some sulphuric acid plants. Sulphur dioxide and water are the basic materials used in the manufacture of sulphuric acid. Photographed in Bilbao, Spain.

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Keywords: acid, contaminated land, environment, environmental, land pollution, pollution, slag, slag heap, sulphuric, sulphuric acid fact, sulphuric acid plant

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