contamination and waste
Wearing the Lead Glasses
A writer tracks the longest epidemic in American history — from his own family, to the origins of the gas industry, to the Flint water crisis and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Cisco Trash Map
On railroads, oil rigs, uranium mines, 7-11 pizzas, Thelma and Louise, ruination, salvage, and the limits of the garbage gaze.
The making of geological strata — the very ground beneath feet — is an essential component of the mass shift of humankind to urban living.
In the coal country of Southeast Ohio, the past is a renewable resource, growing larger every year.
Look Only at the Movement
Two artist-designers follow nuclear waste shipments on American highways.
The Trash Heap of History
How Monte Testaccio, Rome’s ancient landfill, can inform contemporary reclamation projects.
The Half-Life of History
A writer and photographer document the ruined military base where the U.S. Air Force trained for the bombing of Hiroshima.
The Mustard Gas in Sherwood Forest
The idea that violence leaves an invisible trace on the land has captivated artists and writers for centuries.
The gorgeous vistas and toxic legacy of an historic mining district in Northern Idaho.
Oscar-Zero: Notes from a Nuclear Tourist
Deep underground in some of the least populous parts of the country, our sites of atomic weaponry are mostly out of mind. Like the dark corner of our souls, we don’t want to go there.
When the Ground Gives Way
Seven years ago, a Louisiana petrochemical operation overlooked warnings and a 6,000-foot-deep cavern collapsed into a sinkhole at Bayou Corne. New photographs show the aftermath of disaster.
New Fuel for an Old Narrative: The BP Oil Disaster
A geographer recalls the long hot summer of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster — and the high price New Orleans is paying for America’s appetite for oil.