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gold mining, mercury, deforestation, human impact

Huepetuhe, Peru was a gold mining boomtown until the government took action against illicit mining. Events such as terminating gasoline shipments and sending troops to destroy mining machinery have caused more than 22,000 people to leave the town, leaving only 3,000....

Mercury Capture System from EPA

Small-scale and artisanal gold mining is responsible for releasing the largest amount of mercury into the environment of any sector globally, accounting for over 400 metric tons of airborne elemental mercury released each year.  A large portion of the airborne mercury...

Gold Mining and Mercury Pollution

This article from Mongabay.com provides an excellent overview of the growing problem of mercury released by informal gold mining. Read the full article for an in-depth description of its use and effects around the world and particularly in the Madre de Dios region of...