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

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Amazon rain forest deforestation at Agua Branca gold mining village, , Para State, Brazil. Ponds of dirt water left behind after hydraulic mining was performed, a form of mining that uses high-pressure jets of water to dislodge rock material or move sediment. The discarded material is piped away forming lakes of discarded mud.