Orbital View: Toxic Sludge in Hungary

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Via NASA's Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite:

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On October 4, toxic red sludge began leaking out of western Hungary's Ajkai Timfoldgyar's alumina plant. The sludge, a byproduct of alumina production, flooded several local towns,  killed four people, and forced hundreds to evacuate. According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, if the heavy metals in the sludge are absorbed by ground vegetation, they could continue to have negative environmental effects for decades.

NASA's Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on NASA's Earth Observing-1 satellite shows the sludge flowing west from the alumina plant, which includes the bright blue and brick red reservoir shown on the image.   

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Elizabeth Weingarten is an editorial assistant at the New America Foundation. A former Slate editorial assistant, she also previously wrote for and produced the Atlantic's International Channel.

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