DEFORESTATION DUE TO MINING
Mining for gold might conjure up quaint images of rolled up pants, a sieve and soothing sound of the river. But in the Amazon, miners are more likely to be waist deep in polluted water laced with poisonous chemicals.
In fact, mining the gold for just one wedding ring can damage a river forever, as mercury and cyanide are released into the river along with twenty tons of sediment produced by blasting the riverbank.
In Peru, much of the rainforest being mined illegally killing all the forest all around it. Today, 20% or more of the gold coming from Peru is illegally mined.