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Surprising NASA photos present the devastating ‘rivers of gold’ mining pits poisoning the Amazon

Shocking NASA images show the devastating ‘rivers of gold’ mining pits poisoning the Amazon


NASA has launched surprising photos of poisonous ‘rivers of gold’ exhibiting how unlawful mining operations are poisoning the Amazon.

An astronaut on board the Worldwide Area Station (ISS) captured the worrying photographs whereas over the Madre de Dios area of south-eastern Peru.

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Photos taken from house present the extent of unlawful mining operations in Peru[/caption]

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Illicit gold digging is poisoning very important waterways in elements of the Amazon[/caption]

The glittering waterways are literally pits thought to have been dug by unlicensed gold miners, the house company says.

They’re usually hidden from view by the quilt of the rainforest however have been captured on movie after they have been illuminated by mirrored daylight.

The dodgy digs are poisoning native communities as tonnes of mercury is used to extract the valuable metallic and is leaking into water provides, studies the BBC.

Unlawful mining is rife in Madre de Dios, which is dwelling to tens of hundreds of hard-up miners attempting to scrape a residing.

Nevertheless, the area is a biodiversity hotspot and the illicit mining has led to deforestation and the destruction of important habitats.

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Unlawful mining is rife in Madre de Dios area of south japanese Peru[/caption]

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The shining pits seen on the NASA photos are the place miners are at the moment digging for gold[/caption]

That a part of the Amazon is dwelling to a number of species together with monkeys, large cats and uncommon bugs.

The shining pits seen on the pictures are the place miners are at the moment digging for gold, says Nasa.

Miners are identified to comply with the routes of previous rivers the place sediments containing valuable minerals are sometimes deposited on banks.

A examine discovered mining deforestation destroyed an estimated 22,930 acres of Peru’s Amazon in 2018.


Peru is the seventh largest gold producer on the earth – extracting 120 metric tonnes in 2020.

The U.S. imports round £1.8bn a yr, even supposing an estimated 20 per cent of it’s illegally mined. 

Authorities officers estimate as many as 40,000 unlawful miners have cleared timber and dug pits infusing the bottom with mercury.