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The ecological situation in the Mangystau region (Kazakhstan) started to become aggravated in the 1960s with the exploration for uranium ore, oils, and raw minerals and the creation of a chemical industry in Mangyshlak without due attention to environmental issues. According to available data, the worsening situation was connected to a number of ecologically unfavorable problems. The most environmentally dangerous among them is the tailing ponds of Koshkar-Ata, which makes a significant contribution to the pollution of the atmosphere through the dust of radioactive and toxic wastes from chemical and mining metallurgy, posing a serious danger to the health of the residents of the city of Aktau and its adjacent settlements.

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Kuterbekov, K. (2019). Introduction. In: Environmental Monitoring at a Former Uranium Milling Site. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-94875-1_1

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