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WASTELAND (Soil and water contamination in northern Iran)

Ali Asadollahi Sooteh | Iran

Practicing heavy mechanical equipment to direct waste dumps and Leachates that move through temporary canals to the forest, Causing serious damage to the soil.

With the presence of the Caspian Sea in the north side of Iran, you can find a great deal of beautiful and valuable forests like the Hircani jungles which are like geographical jewels for a dry and thirsty land like Persia. Yet, population growth and lack of considerable care for waste materials are threating these vulnerable forests. Managing and recycling these wastes now is a crisis that goes darker in our mysterious neglect.

Unfortunately, at first, it seems that no one is trying to manage the garbage from its source like the disintegration of waste or how to depot them. This problematic cycle continues until it reaches the final point (contamination of rich soil and water), While developed countries solved the problem and turned it from a smelly issue to an opportunity for job creation and energy production.

With the presence of the Caspian Sea in the north side of Iran, you can find a great deal of beautiful and valuable forests like the Hircani jungles which are like geographical jewels for a dry and thirsty land like Persia. Yet, population growth and lack of considerable care for waste materials are threating these vulnerable forests. Managing and recycling these wastes now is a crisis that goes darker in our mysterious neglect.

Unfortunately, at first, it seems that no one is trying to manage the garbage from its source like the disintegration of waste or how to depot them. This problematic cycle continues until it reaches the final point (contamination of rich soil and water), While developed countries solved the problem and turned it from a smelly issue to an opportunity for job creation and energy production.

Although the waste is like a disaster to me and other people with environmental concerns, it looks like its an opportunity land for poor afghan workers and vulnerable locals. The process is simple: find valuable raw materials and your good for tonight meal but don't think about tomorrow because working between these huge piles of hazardous waste is going to hurt your health in near future.

The issue is far from over because below these waste piles, there is a greater danger: Leachates.

Leachate of wastes not only endanger human and animals health by entering high levels of bio-pollution and contaminating clean underground water reservoirs but also due to their high acidity, they can destroy the valuable soil of these lands on their path. The Leachates also made clean water of these lands dangerous to drink, bath and for growth of marine and aquatic life.

From long before I had concerns about this environmental disaster and passing of time with no effort to making a change made me shot the images and create this collection. Due to the volume of the matter which shows a clear crisis of weak management in handling waste materials caused documenting the issue hard and tough. the Weak management which at the end dried up many old trees in a 40 million years old Hirkani forests.

I hope this collection with its look, Will cause a difference even small to keeping the helpless environment of Iran a more stable place for other kinds of life.

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