Illegal gold panning, French Guiana

Illegal gold panning, French Guiana

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Caption: Illegal gold panning. Aerial view of settling and effluent treatment basins at an illegal gold panning station amidst tropical rainforest in the Nouragues Nature Reserve, French Guiana. The runoff from these basins is contaminated with mercury, which pollutes the surrounding area.

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