Thousands of snow geese were killed after landing in a toxic lake

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When a snowstorm hit Montana last week, tens of thousands of southbound snow geese were forced to land in the nearest source of open water. It just so happened that source was a toxic pit from an old copper mine.

Several thousand geese died soon after settling in the pit, which holds about 45 billion gallons of highly acidic water, according to Montana Resources, one of the mining companies responsible for the Berkeley Pit Superfund site.

Witnesses described the scene on Nov. 28 as “700 acres of white birds,” Mark Thompson, the environmental affairs manager for Montana Resources, told the Associated Press. Read more…

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