Gold rush impacts the Amazon River

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Gold miners in the Amazon. Ron Haviv / VII

The Amazon gold rush continues and its impact in the region isn’t slowing down. An article on Smithsonian.com details the devastation taking place as gold fever leaves little room for protecting the ecology. Even the History Channel is cashing in on the gold rush with a reality show about some construction workers from Alabama who try their luck at mining for gold.

Mining for gold has a negative impact on the local ecology, especially when there are no restrictions on the methods being used. Particularly when mercury, a highly toxic metal, is carelessly used in the process. Read all about this on the Smithsonian.com article.

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