Monday, June 07, 2010
What Seven Million Tires Look Like
Photographer Edward Burtynsky has spent much of his career documenting mankind’s “manufactured landscapes,” from mines and quarries to massive engineering projects that are mind-boggling and dwarfing in scale.
It took nearly ten years to clean up the mess. Back when these photos were taken, it was estimated to be the biggest tire pile in the western U.S.
69,000 tons of tires in just four acres of land, piled six stories deep in some places. The bottoms of those piles had been smashed completely flat.
These photos were taken back in the 90s. These days, massive tire piles are less common because states have taken measures to recycle more and more old tires, turning them into paving material and incinerating them (without releasing smoke) to create power. So scenes like this are a little harder to come by:
7 million tires
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