Photo Gallery: From Open Sewer to Nature Oasis
11/16/2012
The Emscher River flows over 80 kilometers (50 miles) through the old...
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The Emscher River flows over 80 kilometers (50 miles) through the old coalfields of the Ruhr Valley, the industrial rust belt in western Germany. It's a gigantic open sewer -- the largest in Europe. Slaughterhouses and steel mills discharge their offal and refuse here, and the river is a depository for heavy metals and feces.