Geamana – Romanian Village Flooded by an Artificial Toxic Lake
Because of the copper exploitation at the mines of Rosia Poieni in the Apuseni Mountains in Alba County, in Romania, the residents of Geamana situated in the foothills had much to suffer. It all began in 1977 when Nicole Ceausescu, Romania’s communist dictator, decided to exploit the copper deposit that was discovered underground.
The inhabitants were forced to leave their homes in order to make way for the toxic waste from Rosia Poieni mining pit. Therefore, 400 families were evacuated and their village was replaced by an artificial lake that was practically a catch-basin for the mine’s contaminated sludge to flow into.
All that’s left is the church and a few houses.