The Colorado River has been the misused lover of many a mining corporation and troubled politician — but beauty always has a way of gracing even the most violent and unfortunate human offenses. It’s uncomfortable and comforting and discomfiting and sort of otherworldly when it does. Here, an aerial view, from Boulder photographer Jesse Varner, of evaporation ponds at the Potash Plant near Moab, Utah. Salts are mined and pumped up from deep below the surface, and the solution is concentrated in these evaporation ponds for extraction as a chemical fertilizer.

The Colorado River has been the misused lover of many a mining corporation and troubled politician — but beauty always has a way of gracing even the most violent and unfortunate human offenses. It’s uncomfortable and comforting and discomfiting and sort of otherworldly when it does. Here, an aerial view, from Boulder photographer Jesse Varnerof evaporation ponds at the Potash Plant near Moab, Utah. Salts are mined and pumped up from deep below the surface, and the solution is concentrated in these evaporation ponds for extraction as a chemical fertilizer.


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