The Tailing Ponds Series

  • Photographer
    Tom Hegen
  • Prize
    Honorable Mention
  • Company/Studios
    Tom Hegen GmbH
  • University/School
    HTWG Konstanz
  • Date of Photograph

Every mining operation that extracts resources off the ground also carries minerals that are economical waste. These by-products after the process of separating the valuable parts from the uneconomic ones are called tailings. Tailings are stored near the mines, usually in open manmade lakes or sludge ponds separated by dams. They contain toxic mixtures of water, clay and chemicals.

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