A popular tourist attraction in Montana also happens to be the most deadly. It may be interesting to see, but if you get too close, you're going to have a bad time.

Montana is full of amazing things to see and experience, but some of them are a bit more interesting that others. There's one place in Montana that has got a lot of national attention for all of the wrong reasons. That main reason is that it's extremely toxic.

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The Most Deadly Tourist Attraction in Montana

A deadly tourist attraction in Montana? Honestly, who would even want to visit it? Well, you'd be surprised. Located in the heart of Butte, Montana, you'll find the Berkeley Pit. According to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the surface of the Berkeley Pit is 1,780 feet deep, which is taller than the statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and Our Lady of the Rockies combined.

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When copper mining stopped in Butte, pumps were shut off and highly toxic water began to fill the Berkeley Pit. The water is very contaminated and acidic. Officials have worked to keep migratory birds from landing in the pit, due to the fact that the water is so toxic. Click here to learn about a method that is used to keep birds from landing in the pit.

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Today, people can still be affected by the heavy metals that are still present in the Berkeley Pit. According to research done a Carleton College, severe health issues including prostate cancer and kidney disease are two of the most common. To learn more about the Berkeley Pit, click here.


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