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A Cave Full of Broken Human Stuff

Broken ovens, dysfunctional washing machines, and wrecked cars. These are what you will see when you go to the Gaewern Slate Mine in Ceredigion, Wales. The story goes that after the cave’s useful resources were extracted between 1812 and 1960, the humans started dumping there things that were useless to them.

"It was dumping on a huge scale," says Robin Friend. He documented the surreal scene while visiting the mine a few years ago, capturing a mountain of metal junk that seemed to be tumbling toward its reflection in the murky water below. "I don't know how long it's been going on," Friend says, "but I looked up one of the license plates, and it was 40 or 50 years old."

Aside from the cave’s story, this photograph that you see above has its own story to tell as well. Find out how Robin took this photo over at Wired.

(Image Credit: Robin Friend)


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