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Instagrammers Flock to ‘Siberia’s Maldives,’ Despite Toxicity

Instagram users have flocked to a water reservoir in Siberia with water that looks like it’s near a tropical island.

However, the turquoise waters are not a natural phenomenon, but the product of a toxic ash dump at a local coal plant.

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