Wake Forest News |The New Gold Rush

///Wake Forest News |The New Gold Rush

The New Gold Rush

Welcome to Madre de Dios, Peru – one of the most biodiverse tropical rainforests in the world. Its survival is precarious, however. The rising price of gold in the early 2000s spurred the growth of illegal artisanal gold mining along the highways and waterways here. Since then, the Interoceanic Highway has connected Peru to Brazil, providing access to the previously inaccessible rainforests and opened up its hidden treasures to uncontrolled exploitation. In many ways, it’s paved a literal path to destruction.

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