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The Eerie Beauty Of Crimea's Abandoned Soviet-Era Salt Mine Might Surprise You (PHOTOS)

By Ryan Grenoble

Crimeans call it Sivash, or the “Rotten Sea,” in reference to the unpleasant smell that wafts from the network of shallow, salty lagoons. But for those willing to look past the stench, an otherworldly vista awaits.

Sergey Anashkevych, a photographer in the region, has captured jaw-dropping photos of the marshy area, which includes an abandoned Soviet-era salt mine. According to Caters News Agency, in some spots, the water takes on a deep crimson hue as a result of halobacteria, single-celled microorganisms that are purple in color and found in highly salty environments.

Anashkevych’s photos highlight the …read more

Source: Huffington Post Green