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Gold rush sparked by global financial crisis devastates Amazon

Gold rush sparked by global financial crisis devastates Amazon | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
LIMA, Peru — The ravaging of the Peruvian Amazon by a wave of illegal gold mining is twice as bad as researchers had thought.
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LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging--think SONAR with light)is a power geospatial tool that has show the extend of the damage to the Amazon.  The most telling quote?  "“The gold rush in Madre de Dios exceeds the combined effects of all other causes of forest loss in the region, including from logging, ranching and agriculture.”

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