Mining in the Peruvian Amazon
Un minero revisa la fina arena que se asienta en un plato para saber si aún hay oro en la zona donde están trabajando.
The Amazon is the largest tropical forest in the world. Peruvian Amazon has one of the most biodiverse natural reserves in the world and it has started to become a desert. This environmental disaster occurs majorly for illegal mining that is deforesting the area to look for gold in the beds of the rivers.
Mercury is used each year to extract the prized gold, and a large proportion pollutes rivers. Mercury poisons those people engaged in this activity and nearby populations.
The work is hard, the miners work shifts of 24 hours, without a fixed payment, at the end of the day they distribute in equal parts the gold they gather, at most from 4 to 6 grams per day.
The Peruvian government has tried to control the sale of fuel and mercury, supplies needed to extract gold, but illegal miners find a way to smuggle them.