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Amazon Basin Goldmining | Peru 2010 (164 images)

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With the price of gold at an all time high on the international market, there has been a surge of informal mining in the resource-rich Amazon basin in Peru. In Madre de Dios state, near Peru's border with Bolivia, unregulated mining is spreading into the jungle at an alarming rate - leaving behind severe environmental consequences, including deforestation and mercury-contaminated waterways.

Most of the miners come from the poor Andean highlands where they have few opportunities....
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