Turkey's Golden Horn -- a once famous stretch of water known as the Pearl of the World, has according to some scientists earned a new title....
Turkey's Golden Horn -- a once famous stretch of water known as the Pearl of the World, has according to some scientists earned a new title....the Garbage Can. Years of industrial development along its banks have turned the river into a drum for pollutants.
SYNOPSIS: Scientists say that on a given day the eight-kilometre (5 mile) waterway contains pollution equivalent to the excrement of nearly two million people. Among the pollutants are sulphur dioxide, sulphuric acid, copper, lead and animal entrails, all dumped from factories lining the banks.
The accumulation of silt and solid wastes rises as much as 65 metres (200 ft.) from the river bed, emerging at the surface as islands of rubbish, presenting hazards to navigation.
The government imposes little control. Its own slaughter house continues to dump animal offal into the water unchecked. The factory is just one of 250 companies, state and private, which pour waste into the Golden Horn. In addition, 800-thousand people inhabit the catchment area and most of their sewerage finds its way into the water. A promised new sewerage system has not been built.
The water's oxygen content, so vital for life ... is down to nil and no fish life survives. Fish are found only as far as the Galata Bridge, where the putrid waters join the still clean Boshorus. Once a playground favoured by Ottoman Sultans and their harems, elite Turkish society and royalty from Topkapi Palace in luxury yachts, scientists now say it's the dirtiest place in the world.