Gold mine, South America

Gold mine, South America

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Credit: PATRICK LANDMANN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Gold mine. Aerial photograph of gold washing pools in an area of tropical rain forest cleared for gold mining. This mine uses mercury to amalgamate the gold. The mercury is polluting the surrounding areas, including the local water reservoir and nearby rivers. Photographed in Petit-Saut, French Guiana, in April 2005.

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