Illustration for article titled This Isn’t a Piece of Art. It’s an Aerial View of a Trash-Filled Landscape

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Some of the trash that plagues Lake Uru Uru includes old toys, shoes, used diapers, thousands of single-use bottles, packaging, and the remains of dead animals. While some of this trash can be seen on the surface of the lake, there is also trash under the sand from years past, which has transformed into a nauseating black resin.

One of the biggest problems for Lake Uru Uru is the Tagarete River, which connects the lake and the city of Oruro. Activists have said that the river transports plastic from the city, home to more than half a million residents, to the lake.

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