Illegal gold mining ravaging Peruvian rainforest

December 2, 2014 5:38 AM

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Illegal gold mining ravaging Peruvian rainforest

May 16, 2014: Wood slats serve as a makeshift walkway built by wildcat miners, at an abandoned mining camp, in La Pampa in Peru's Madre de Dios region. (AP)

TAMBOPATA, Peru – A decade of illegal gold mining has transformed large areas of virgin Peruvian rainforest into pocked, denuded, mercury-poisoned wastelands.

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