Sewage dumping by Chinese chemical companies has turned the once pastoral Tengger Desert into a giant septic tank. Pictured (above) is a football-field sized cesspool brimming with untreated waste-water whose stench pervades the air for miles around.
Bulldozers try to barricade the expanding cesspool with sand, which seems about as effective as laying toilet paper over the seat of an overflowing toilet.
The desertscape is dotted with jutting waste-water pipes, which could contaminate the groundwater, and destroy the lives of the surrounding herding communities, reports Sina.
Inner Mongolia Normal University professor of ecology Liu Shurun says that once the groundwater is tainted, it’s going to be impossible to ‘un-taint.’
The chemical plants responsible.