Mynydd Parys & Afon Goch


Mynydd Parys & Afon Goch Amlwch is a reference to two distinct but inseparable locations, situated on the island of Anglesey, North Wales. The Afon Goch Amlwch River (or the ‘Red River Amlwch’) is a small ‘ecotoxic’ water channel, not more than a few feet in width, which is formed from leachate that gathers in the underground tunnels of the historic copper mine Mynydd Parys (or ‘Parys Mine’). Emerging in the lower slopes of Parys Mountain, the Afon Goch Amlwch River flows on land for some two kilometres, before passing through the town of Amlwch and into the Irish Sea. This small watercourse provides ‘the single largest source of copper entering the Irish Sea’ with the result that the Afon Goch Amlwch River is one of the most highly concentrated toxic water channels in the UK. This web gallery represents a condensed and simplified depiction of the project, with only photographs available to view. If you download the PDF publication, located under the ‘Research’ tab of this website, you can see the project in full, which includes a range of infographs depicting mineral sample results taken from within the frame of the image. “View Artwork“.