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

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Starting of hydraulic gold mining operation process known as “chupadeira system”. Use of heavy machinery for excavation, workers clear the designated work front and then dug down to the level of ore-bearing material. Large and deep holes are made in forest land where gold miners will use high-pressure jets of water to dislodge rock material and move sediments. Amazon rain forest deforestation at Agua Branca gold mining village, Para State, Brazil.