El Sira: A Gold Mining Frontier

The fantastic ACA MAAP project has detailed illegal mining (which has decimated large swaths of the Southern amazon) in the Sira region. We had already observed gold mining first hand in the erea but it was very small scale.This seems to be a worrying step into more industrial, large scale operations. Read more here: http://maaproject.org/2016/mining_frontiers/ 

 

Image from http://maaproject.org/2016/mining_frontiers/

Image from http://maaproject.org/2016/mining_frontiers/