SPUTNIK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SPUTNIK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Chelyabinsk. Parched soil near the town of Karabash, Russia. The soil is so dry because local mining operations have reduced the water table. This region is considered by the UN to have the worst ecological impact of any site in the world. In the background is a vast spill site from a copper mine.
Model release not required. Property release not available.