Sunday, August 21, 2011

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - Western Amazonia

Gold Mining is the beast that is running amuck in Peru.

Here are the latest aerial photos from Mongabay.

The Mother of God (Madre de Dios) district of Peru rises from the lowlands of Acre, Brazil up the east slope of the Andes. Until recently its remoteness alone protected its beauty and biodiversity. What changed, according to Mabel Monfil of Sertãobras was the global surge in gold prices combined with the access afforded by the paving of the new Intercontinental Road.

Related stories from Mongabay:

Demand for gold pushing deforestation in Peruvian Amazon

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