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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

About the Authors

Jennifer J. Swenson, Catherine E. Carter, Jean-Christophe Domec
Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America
Jean-Christophe Domec
Ecole Nationale des Ingénieurs des Travaux Agricoles de Bordeaux, Unité Mixte de Recherche Transfert et Cycle des Éléments Minéraux, Gradignan, France
Cesar I. Delgado
Environmental Affairs Office, CESEL S.A, San Isidro, Lima, Peru

Corresponding Author

Email: jswenson@duke.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: JJS. Performed the experiments: JJS CEC. Analyzed the data: JJS JCD. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: JJS CEC JCD CID. Wrote the paper: JJS