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Unnatural Landscapes: The Human Impact on Earth's Surface [Slide Show]

Edward Burtynsky's photography shows how mining, farming and other industrial activities have altered landscapes around the world

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VERMONT QUARRY:

The first in Burtynsky’s quarries series, Rock of Ages # 1, shows an active section of E.L. Smith Quarry in Barre, Vt., from 1991.....[ More ]

TAILINGS:

Nickel tailings , waste from mining, found floating in a river in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, from 1996.....[ More ]

OLD TIRES:

Oxford Tire Pile #8 is a part of Burtynsky’s Urban Mines series that shows two mounds of discarded rubber in Westley, Calif., from 1999.....[ More ]

EXTRACTING OIL:

In 2003, Burtynsky photographed an army of oil rigs in Belridge, Calif. ....[ More ]

SHIP STRIP:

Ship breaking literally breaks down vessels and recycles the scraps. Burtynsky went to a large ship breaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh in 2000.....[ More ]

THREE GORGES DAM:

Burtynsky photographed the world’s largest hydroelectric project, Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River in China, during construction in 2005.....[ More ]

QUARRIES:

Iberia Quarries # 8 shows Cochicho Company in the process of mining for minerals in Pardais, Portugal, in 2006. This is part of Burtynsky’s large quarries series.....[ More ]

GOLD MINING:

In 2007, Burtynsky documented Silver Lake’s gold mining operations in Lake Lefroy, in western Australia.....[ More ]

OIL SPILL:

The Discoverer Enterprise, a drill ship nearly three U.S. football fields long, floats on an oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico on May 11, 2010.  ....[ More ]

DRYLAND FARMING:

Abstract crop fields of Monegros County in Aragon, Spain was taken from a 600-meter aerial view. This image is part of Edward Burtynsky’s most recent series from 2010.....[ More ]

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