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Gold mining and mercury – a time bomb in Amazon rain forest

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Final stage of the hydraulic gold mining process known as chupadeira system. After being burned with a butane torch to remove the remaining mercury, leaving a shiny lump of gold in the the pan, the final product is ready to be weighted and divided between the gold seekers. Agua Branca mining village, Para State, Amazon rain forest, Brazil.