Gold mining is devastating the rainforests of Peru

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What appear to satellites as natural wetlands are in fact areas of devastated rainforest

More than 170,000 acres of primary rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon have been destroyed in the past 5 years due to small-scale gold mining. This is 30 percent more than has been previously reported, according to new research carried out by scientists at Wake Forest University’s Center for Amazonian Scientific Innovation (CINCIA).

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