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20 Disturbing Pictures Of The World's Most Polluted Waters

On World Water Day, let's travel the world to see the disturbing effects of pollution on Earth's most valuable resource.

Posted on March 22, 2018, at 12:33 p.m. ET

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On May 3, 2014, Prisaida, 2, sits in the shallow waters of a polluted lagoon as her parents mine for gold nearby in Peru's Madre de Dios region. The lagoon emerged as a result of miners bombarding the earth with jet streams of water in search of gold.

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Rubbish gathers at a garbage dump in Disko Bay, Greenland, on Aug. 8, 2010.

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Marine reef ecologist Scott Porter works to remove oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill off his hands June 7, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico, south of Venice, Louisiana.

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Dead seabirds are found on the shore as thick oil from a container ship pollutes the beaches at Papamoa, New Zealand, on Oct. 12, 2011.

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In this photo taken Oct. 19, 2011, people search for scrap metal in contaminated water at the bottom of one of the biggest trash dumps in Guatemala City, known as "The Mine."

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A woman drinks water in El Crucero town, Nicaragua, on Feb. 27, 2016. Some 650 million people, or one in 10 of the world's population, have no access to safe water, putting them at risk of infectious diseases and premature death.

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A worker cleans away dead fish at a lake in Wuhan, China, on July 11, 2007. More than 110,000 pounds of fish died due to pollution and hot weather in the lake, local media reported.

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A young girl sits on the broken wall of a glue factory on Feb. 20, 2007, by the side of the Buriganga River in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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In this photo taken June 15, 2012, a pig eats from a trash-ridden creek in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Bangladeshi women and children collect drinking water from a polluted area in Dhaka on June 17, 2017.

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Community workers, wearing protective gear, clean a street flooded by toxic mud in the village of KolontΓ‘r, Hungary, on Oct. 7, 2010.

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A sea turtle surfaces to feed on Portuguese man o' war that have been contaminated with oil due to the spill from the Deepwater Horizon rig in South Pass, Louisiana, on May 5, 2010.


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One of two one-ton masses of "tarball" material recovered south of Perdido Pass, Florida, on June 11, 2010.

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Soldiers from the South Korean army make efforts to remove crude oil spills over Mallipo Beach after after an accident involving an oil tanker on Dec. 10, 2007.

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An injured dolphin struggles to swim in Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal on Jan. 25, 2013.

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Men scavenge the polluted rivers of Mumbai on Jan. 24, 2013. This particular river is treated like an open drain by the citizens, who discharge raw sewage, industrial waste, and garbage unchecked.

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A woman from Weston Solutions walks next to one of the retention ponds at the bottom of Gold King Mine on Aug. 13, 2015, at Gladstone Townsite. Members of the EPA, Environmental Restoration, Weston Solutions, and the US Coast Guard are working on cleaning up the water in the four retention ponds and helping with the creation of the fifth.

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A dead fish floats on the shore of Dianchi Lake, polluted by blue-green algae, on July 12, 2015, in Kunming, China.

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A man inspects the water at a contaminated river in Wenzhou, China, on July 24, 2014. Local authorities said the water in the river turned red after several buckets of red dye were misplaced near the riverbank.

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Dead fish and trash float in the polluted Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Feb. 25, 2015.


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