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From a distance it looks like a front of bad weather moving in and obscuring the otherwise pristine Arctic sky.
But drive closer and the source of the long streams of "cloud" flowing over the city and far beyond becomes clear.
To blame are the clusters of huge chimneys at three smelting plants which surround Norilsk.
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the chimneys pump out a toxic cocktail of pollutants which the company responsible openly admits is mostly sulphur dioxide.
As a result, the Norilsk region is the home of the world's largest pollution induced forest decline. For forty kilometers around the smelters, the soil contains 10-1000 times the normal background level of heavy metals.
As a result, the snow is yellow and black.
As a result, move to Norilsk to work, and your life expectancy will drop by ten years.