Tourists bathed in the “Galician Chernobyl” and suddenly poisoned
What do the old pond near Novosibirsk and the lake in Spanish Galicia have in common? They are unrealistically beautiful and extremely toxic, and even here this summer and attracts tourists…
An illustrative fact – unlike the Europeans, the Russians do not climb into the turquoise waters of their reservoir, they are careful. But in” Galician Chernobyl”, as the local residents called this very bad place, instagrammers are poisoned almost every week. And they think it’s right!
The region of Galicia, in the North-West of the Iberian Peninsula, came to the attention of the authorities and the media in the period between the First and Second world wars. In Spain, then the fascists came to power and Franco, whose “younger friend” Adolf Hitler, urged him to shut up the village activists and start industrial production of tungsten. At the current level of technology development, this put an end to the cultivation of the land – too many dangerous chemicals were spent on processing the ore extracted from the mines. No one thought about the environment, the war is on the nose, and after the war, the mines worked for another 30 years, until they were closed in the 80’s.
The chemical stuff has accumulated in several caves under mount Nemo and is leaking out in a place known as”lake Monte Nemo”. Such a poetic name it received because of the unreal beautiful shades of water, which in nature, strictly speaking, can not exist. And this is not a metaphor for speech, it is simply impossible to get such a concentration of certain chemical elements, except as a result of human activity. That’s why people who know, with bitter irony, call the lake “Galician Chernobyl”.
Because of false advertising and beautiful photos of the lake, foreigners poured into the region
It is logical that no one in their right mind will go swimming in even if not deadly, but obviously poisonous water. But how can he, the mind, take from tourists-instagrammers who draw knowledge about the world and sights from the comments under the posts of subscribers? Again, this is not an exaggeration, but a retelling of the essence of the tourist campaign “Dameme Galicia” in 2017, when foreigners poured into the region due to deliberately false advertising and beautiful photos of the lake. And I had to hurry to restore order, until penetrability. Since then, the rumor about the beautiful lake Monte Nemo is walking on the Internet, and this summer it is again on the ear.
Last week, there was a series of posts from well-known and not very instagrammers who complained about the vile side effects of swimming in the same lake. “We just took a dip and took a few shots, and then we spent 2 weeks drinking, puking, and scratching like hell.” And rightly so-Manuel Ferreiro, a doctor at the University hospital of Coruna, describes the impact of the water of lake Monte Nemo on people. “Short-term exposure is likely to cause eye and skin irritation, but longer exposure to water and digesting toxins can cause stomach problems, vomiting, and diarrhea.”
There were other “lucky ones” who suffered because of the desire to take a selfie on the shore of the treacherous lake, but modestly kept silent about the subsequent punishment. This was an occasion for regional politicians and representatives of various social organizations to once again raise the question that it would be better to close access to the lake at all. And not treat every year new fools, fascinated by fairy tales from social networks. Paradoxically, those who are concerned about and want to protect are the ones who are opposed.
The “lucky ones” suffered because of the desire to take a selfie on the shore of the treacherous lake and modestly kept silent about the subsequent punishment
As one of the “instagram stars” stated, nausea for a couple of days is a decent payment for the opportunity to join such a wonderful place. Yes, we all know and understand, but we will still climb into a toxic environment for the sake of beautiful photos. And here is that with such to do?
Source: http://tourweek.ru/articles/world/311087 / © Tourweek.ru