Please think twice before Instagramming from this stunning Siberian ash pond


Posing in front of a breathtakingly blue body of water is an Instagram classic. This particular pond, though, should probably not be your first choice.

The pond is near the Russian city of Novosibirsk, and it’s gaining popularity as an IG destination for users who want to stage a beachy shotAccording to the Moscow Times, it even has a nickname — the “Novosibirsk Maldives” — and a dedicated Instagram account (@maldives_nsk). 

Unfortunately, the Novosibirsk Maldives is not a standard pond. It is not naturally occurring, but manmade, and its lovely blue waters are due to an enormous, deep ash dump from a coal plant.  Read more…

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