Damage to Peruvian Amazon Caused by Illegal Goldmines Revealed for the First Time

October 29, 2013 by  
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Researchers led by the  Carnegie Institution for Science  are using airborne mapping and satellite equipment to show the true extent of the damage that illegal gold mining inflicts on the Peruvian rainforest. The total area affected by mining in the southeastern Madre de Dios region of Peru increased by 400% from 1999 to 2012, while the rate of forest loss has also tripled since the 2008 global economic crisis when the price of gold climbed to new highs. Working alongside  Peru’s environment ministry , the study revealed thousands of small, clandestine mines that went unmonitored until now. Read the rest of Damage to Peruvian Amazon Caused by Illegal Goldmines Revealed for the First Time Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D rainforest mapping , Carnegie Airborne Observatory , Carnegie Institution for Science , Carnegie Landsat Analysis System-lite , CLASlite , deforestation in PeruErnesto Raez Luna , Greg Asner , illegal gold mining in Peru , Peruvian environment ministry , rainforest devastation in Peru        

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