Shocking Photos of Our Devastated Waters Worldwide

If you are one of those individuals, who believe that there is plenty of fresh water to go around for everyone these pictures just may change your mind. The Business Insider has gathered a collection of 20 water pollution and contamination photos to bring awareness to this ever so real problem on Earth Day.

A dead ram decomposes on the boundaries of the Doñana National Park in Spain one week after 5 million cubic meters of acidic toxic fluid spilled from a nearby mine. The spill burned and killed vegetation in the area. This photo was taken on May 2, 1998.

In this collection of pictures, you can see Chinese workers scooping oil from an oil spill in their waterways. You can see a pelican in Louisiana covered in oil as it sits in the water at Queen Bess Island Pelican Rookery. In another, you can see a Ram decomposing by the waters in Yana National Park in Spain. This picture was taken just one week after millions of cubic meters of acidic fluid spilled from a nearby mine.

A Brazilian fisherman observes a dead bull near the shore of the Paraíba do Sul river, about 225 miles north of Rio de Janeiro, on April 8, 2003. A toxic waste spill of 320 million gallons from a factory in Minas Gerais state tainted the water supply of seven cities in Minas Gerais and the neighboring state of Rio de Janeiro. The spill contained waste from the pulp bleaching process, which was mainly composed of caustic soda. It left some 600,000 people without a regular water supply.

In Minas Gerais and neighboring Rio de Janeiro over 600,000 people were left without a safe, consistent water supply after a toxic waste spill of more than 320 million gallons tainted the water supply after leaking from a nearby factory. You can see pictures in this series of a dead bull on the river’s edge not far from where the spill occurred. These are just a few of the shocking pictures that you can see in this collection.

Yellow mine waste water pools at the entrance of the Gold King Mine in San Juan County, Colorado on August 5, 2015. A contaminated plume of waste water accidentally released from a Colorado gold mine by U.S. environmental agency workers spread downstream and reached northern New Mexico.

These pictures truly are heartbreaking and bring to light the shocking truth that many people do not want to believe, and that is that our Earth has been devastated, and our once plentiful clean water sources are quickly being contaminated and forever ruined. You can see the full collection here.



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