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Research Article

Gold Mining in the Peruvian Amazon: Global Prices, Deforestation, and Mercury Imports

  • Jennifer J. Swenson mail,

    jswenson@duke.edu

    Affiliation: Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Catherine E. Carter,

    Affiliation: Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

    Current address: Tetra Tech, Inc., Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Jean-Christophe Domec,

    Affiliations: Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America, Ecole Nationale des Ingénieurs des Travaux Agricoles de Bordeaux, Unité Mixte de Recherche Transfert et Cycle des Éléments Minéraux, Gradignan, France

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  • Cesar I. Delgado

    Affiliation: Environmental Affairs Office, CESEL S.A, San Isidro, Lima, Peru

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  • Published: April 19, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0018875

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nice thinking outside the box

Posted by rontavius on 20 Apr 2011 at 20:09 GMT

These guys shows a very clear link between mercury imports, gold prices, and deforestation driven by gold mining in Peru. The fact that this gold mining driven deforestation is not near roads is very interesting.

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