Cyanide lake after gold extraction activities
Photo and caption by Fabio Marras
Furtei ( 50km from Cagliari Italy). A huge lake of mining waste the legacy of Sardinia Gold Mining SpA carrying on activities of gold mining.The mine discharged substances such as cyanide , arsenic, lead, mercury and cadmium in a basin carved from a hill. The extraction lasted for about 10 years, from 1998 to 2009 , the year in which it was declared bankrupt . In that area of Sardinia severely characterized by lack of work, the main occupation is agriculture, several acres of land , however, are in contact with this deadly stretch of water thus making vegetable potentially harmful to health.
Location: Furtei, Sardinia - Italy