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15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Altered Images
Foam from irrigation water

Foam from irrigation water released from the effluent treatment plant in Jajmau, Kanpur, India. Even after the treatment, this water contains Hexavalent chromium, a highly toxic carcinogen. It acidifies the soil and seeps into the groundwater and finds its way into the Ganges. Despite being revered as a goddess by millions in India, the Ganges is one of the most polluted river in India.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: Kanpur, India
Camera: NIKON D800
Copyright: © Harikrishna Katragadda