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London sewer workers clean out the pipes. | Corbis
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7 Most Disgusting Wonders of the World

The awe-inspiring offspring of our industriousness can live through the ages, but the gross byproducts of our civilization can also cause lasting damage.

August 8, 2013
8:11 AM EDT
The Great Ocean Garbage Patch can be better described as a pair of patches within the North Pacific Gyre. | NOAA Marine Debris Program
The bodies of decomposing pigs float in the water of the Jiapingtang River in China. | Corbis Images
A river of blood coming from a meat packing facility was discovered by a drone hobbyist in 2010. | Corbis Images
In 2011, then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited a sludge reservoir near the city of Dzerzhinsk. | Corbis Images
This photo shows the damage done from a single oil spill in 1999. | Corbis Images
This Google Maps shot shows an aerial view of Lake Karachay. | Google Maps
A common saying about Linfen is that laundry hung out in the city air will turn black before it gets dry. | Corbis Images