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The scourge of illegal gold mining

An area deforested by illegal gold mining is seen in a zone known as Mega 14, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios. Peru has declared a 60-day emergency in a remote part of the Amazon to curb high levels of mercury poisoning from rampant illegal gold mining. 



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An area deforested by illegal gold mining is seen in a zone known as Mega 14, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios. Peru has declared a 60-day emergency in a remote part of the Amazon to curb high levels of mercury poisoning from rampant...more

An area deforested by illegal gold mining is seen in a zone known as Mega 14, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios. Peru has declared a 60-day emergency in a remote part of the Amazon to curb high levels of mercury poisoning from rampant illegal gold mining. REUTERS/Janine Costa
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A boy carries a dog as he stands after a Peruvian police operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios. A growing number of studies show that residents of the Madre de Dios region near Peru's southeastern border with Brazil have dangerous levels of mercury in their bodies.

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A boy carries a dog as he stands after a Peruvian police operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios. A growing number of studies show that residents of the Madre de Dios region near Peru's...more

A boy carries a dog as he stands after a Peruvian police operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios. A growing number of studies show that residents of the Madre de Dios region near Peru's southeastern border with Brazil have dangerous levels of mercury in their bodies. REUTERS/Janine Costa
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An illegal gold dredge burns on a river near the Amazon city of Puerto Maldonado, February 2011. The miners dump about 40 tons of mercury into Amazonian rivers per year and have destroyed more than 100,000 hectares (247,105 acres) of rainforest in Madre de Dios. 


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An illegal gold dredge burns on a river near the Amazon city of Puerto Maldonado, February 2011. The miners dump about 40 tons of mercury into Amazonian rivers per year and have destroyed more than 100,000 hectares (247,105 acres) of rainforest in...more

An illegal gold dredge burns on a river near the Amazon city of Puerto Maldonado, February 2011. The miners dump about 40 tons of mercury into Amazonian rivers per year and have destroyed more than 100,000 hectares (247,105 acres) of rainforest in Madre de Dios. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil
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View of destroyed illegal gold mining camps after a police operation in La Pampa, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, August 2015. Tens of thousands of illegal miners who dredge for gold in the rivers and wetlands of Madre de Dios use mercury to separate ore from rock, often handling the neurotoxin with their bare hands and inhaling its fumes when it is burned off. 


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View of destroyed illegal gold mining camps after a police operation in La Pampa, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, August 2015. Tens of thousands of illegal miners who dredge for gold in the rivers and wetlands of Madre de Dios use...more

View of destroyed illegal gold mining camps after a police operation in La Pampa, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, August 2015. Tens of thousands of illegal miners who dredge for gold in the rivers and wetlands of Madre de Dios use mercury to separate ore from rock, often handling the neurotoxin with their bare hands and inhaling its fumes when it is burned off. REUTERS/Sebastian Castaneda
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Peruvian police officers take part in an operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in a zone known as Mega 14, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, July 2015. 



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Peruvian police officers take part in an operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in a zone known as Mega 14, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, July 2015. REUTERS/Janine Costa

Peruvian police officers take part in an operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in a zone known as Mega 14, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, July 2015. REUTERS/Janine Costa
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A woman and her child stand near debris after a police operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in La Pampa, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios,  August 2015. 


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A woman and her child stand near debris after a police operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in La Pampa, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, August 2015. REUTERS/Sebastian Castaneda

A woman and her child stand near debris after a police operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in La Pampa, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, August 2015. REUTERS/Sebastian Castaneda
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A general view of a deforested area near an illegal gold mine at Puerto Luz in the Amazon region of Madre de Dios, September 2012. 


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A general view of a deforested area near an illegal gold mine at Puerto Luz in the Amazon region of Madre de Dios, September 2012. REUTERS/Miguel Bellido/El Comercio

A general view of a deforested area near an illegal gold mine at Puerto Luz in the Amazon region of Madre de Dios, September 2012. REUTERS/Miguel Bellido/El Comercio
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A Peruvian police officer burns equipment used by illegal miners during an operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in a zone known as Mega 14, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, July 2015. 


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A Peruvian police officer burns equipment used by illegal miners during an operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in a zone known as Mega 14, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, July 2015. REUTERS/Janine Costa

A Peruvian police officer burns equipment used by illegal miners during an operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in a zone known as Mega 14, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, July 2015. REUTERS/Janine Costa
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An area deforested by illegal gold mining is seen in a zone known as Mega 13, at the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, January 2014. 


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An area deforested by illegal gold mining is seen in a zone known as Mega 13, at the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, January 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

An area deforested by illegal gold mining is seen in a zone known as Mega 13, at the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, January 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Police escort a group of miners detained during a police operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in La Pampa, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, August 2015. 


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Police escort a group of miners detained during a police operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in La Pampa, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, August 2015. REUTERS/Sebastian Castaneda

Police escort a group of miners detained during a police operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in La Pampa, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, August 2015. REUTERS/Sebastian Castaneda
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View of destroyed illegal gold mining camps after a police operation in La Pampa, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, August 2015. 


REUTERS/Sebastian Castaneda

View of destroyed illegal gold mining camps after a police operation in La Pampa, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, August 2015. REUTERS/Sebastian Castaneda

View of destroyed illegal gold mining camps after a police operation in La Pampa, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, August 2015. REUTERS/Sebastian Castaneda
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Miners and their families leave a camp after Peruvian police operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in a zone known as Mega 14, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, July 2015. 


REUTERS/Janine Costa

Miners and their families leave a camp after Peruvian police operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in a zone known as Mega 14, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, July 2015. REUTERS/Janine Costa

Miners and their families leave a camp after Peruvian police operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in a zone known as Mega 14, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, July 2015. REUTERS/Janine Costa
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Peruvian police officers take part in an operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in Salpo town in the Andes montains of La Libertad, May 2016. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

Peruvian police officers take part in an operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in Salpo town in the Andes montains of La Libertad, May 2016. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

Peruvian police officers take part in an operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in Salpo town in the Andes montains of La Libertad, May 2016. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
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Miners watch a police operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in a zone known as Mega 13, at the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, January 2014. 

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Miners watch a police operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in a zone known as Mega 13, at the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, January 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Miners watch a police operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in a zone known as Mega 13, at the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, January 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Peruvian police officers take part in an operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in a zone known as Mega 14, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, July 2015. 


REUTERS/Janine Costa

Peruvian police officers take part in an operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in a zone known as Mega 14, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, July 2015. REUTERS/Janine Costa

Peruvian police officers take part in an operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in a zone known as Mega 14, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, July 2015. REUTERS/Janine Costa
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Peruvian police officers take part in an operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in Salpo town in the Andes montains of La Libertad, May 2016. 

REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

Peruvian police officers take part in an operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in Salpo town in the Andes montains of La Libertad, May 2016. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

Peruvian police officers take part in an operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in Salpo town in the Andes montains of La Libertad, May 2016. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
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Peruvian police officers take part in an operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in Salpo town in the Andes montains of La Libertad, May 2016. 

REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

Peruvian police officers take part in an operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in Salpo town in the Andes montains of La Libertad, May 2016. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

Peruvian police officers take part in an operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in Salpo town in the Andes montains of La Libertad, May 2016. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
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A view of an illegal gold mining camp in a zone known as Mega 14, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, July 2015. 


REUTERS/Janine Costa

A view of an illegal gold mining camp in a zone known as Mega 14, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, July 2015. REUTERS/Janine Costa

A view of an illegal gold mining camp in a zone known as Mega 14, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, July 2015. REUTERS/Janine Costa
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Peruvian police officers take part in an operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in Salpo town in the Andes montains of La Libertad, May 2016. 

REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

Peruvian police officers take part in an operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in Salpo town in the Andes montains of La Libertad, May 2016. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

Peruvian police officers take part in an operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in Salpo town in the Andes montains of La Libertad, May 2016. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
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An area deforested by illegal gold mining is seen in a zone known as Mega 14, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, July 2015. 


 REUTERS/Janine Costa

An area deforested by illegal gold mining is seen in a zone known as Mega 14, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, July 2015. REUTERS/Janine Costa

An area deforested by illegal gold mining is seen in a zone known as Mega 14, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, July 2015. REUTERS/Janine Costa
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Peruvian police officers take part in an operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in a zone known as Mega 14, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, July 2015.


REUTERS/Janine Costa

Peruvian police officers take part in an operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in a zone known as Mega 14, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, July 2015. REUTERS/Janine Costa

Peruvian police officers take part in an operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in a zone known as Mega 14, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, July 2015. REUTERS/Janine Costa
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