Every ride through Topa Mica is a must stop at the cheese pie place and this morning is no exception. I am traveling this time with my parents, as they said if I every to become famous with my YouTube channel they wanted to be in some of my videos, so asked me to take them on this tripe where ever that may be.
I am exploring a place which once was called home to many people, a fertile valley in the heart of Apuseni Mountains – the village Geamana. Today all we can find is a 90m deep decanting lake filled with industrial waste flowing in from the 2nd biggest copper mine in Europe since 1986.
This mix of chemical waste offers a very interesting and spectacular show of colors and texture. It is beautiful when viewed from above, the contact between the grey slur and yellow-red-blue chemicals.
The transformation of this place started in 1977 when Nicolae Ceasescu decided to exploit the copper mine, at that time being the largest copper mine in Europe. In 1980 more 300 families where relocated from this area and in 1986 they started discharging the waste.
It would require over 15 mil EUR to fix spreading the environmental impact it has over the surroundings.