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        Peruvian Gold Mining Rush | Earth's Resources

        Police officers search for illegal mining operations in a deforested section of the Amazon lowlands ravaged by mining on November 17, 2013 in Madre de Dios region, Peru. The biologically diverse Madre de Dios ('Mother of God') region has seen deforestation from gold mining in the area triple since 2008, when gold prices spiked during global economic turmoil.Gold is usually amalgamated with mercury during the process of informal mining in the region, which is discharged into the water supply and air, poisoning fish and sickening people in the area. Peru is the largest producer of gold in Latin America and the sixth-largest in the world.

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