Pictures from outer space reveal the extent of illegal gold mining in Peru

In the Madre de Dios region of Peru, a human-made wasteland brushes up against the border of the Amazonian rainforest. Over the past decade, small-scale illegal gold miners have transformed the landscape from tree-covered marshlands to a desert pockmarked with polluted ponds, leaking mercury into the local food web. Multiple government crackdowns have tried toContinue reading “Pictures from outer space reveal the extent of illegal gold mining in Peru”

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