The golden river of toxic waste that appeared after the accident at the mine in South Africa can be seen even from space.
On September 11, the dam at the Diamond mine in Jagersfontein, South Africa, collapsed, releasing a torrent of mining waste – “tailings”. As a result of the tragedy, three people died and about 40 were injured. The flood also destroyed dozens of houses.
According to Live Science, "tails" are a murky mixture of dust, rubble, water and other by-products left over from mining.
A satellite image taken on October 4 by Landsat 9 shows a golden river of mud left behind by " tails” leaked out of the mining town and eventually dried up.
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