Mine ponds amplify mercury risks in Peru’s Amazon

IMAGE: Thousands of artificial ponds like this one, created when rainwater filled in an abandoned gold mining pit, are amplifying risks of mercury exposure for humans and wildlife in the Peruvian… view more  Credit: Melissa Marchese DURHAM, N.C. – The proliferation of pits and ponds created in recent years by miners digging for small deposits of […]

Mine ponds amplify mercury risks in Peru’s Amazon

Thousands of artificial ponds like this one, created when rainwater filled in an abandoned gold mining pit, are amplifying risks of mercury exposure for humans and wildlife in the Peruvian Amazon. Credit: Melissa Marchese The proliferation of pits and ponds created in recent years by miners digging for small deposits of alluvial gold in Peru’s […]