Illegal miners clog Amazon tributary in gold rush

Rumours of a recent gold discovery have led miners to clog the Madeira River, a major Amazon tributary, with hundreds of dredging boats, in Brazil, says Greenpeace. – EPA pic, November 25, 2021.

RUMOURS of a recent gold discovery have led wildcat miners to clog a major Amazon tributary with hundreds of dredging boats in Brazil’s latest precious metals rush, Greenpeace warned Wednesday.

Federal police were preparing an operation to stop the more than 300 vessels – the environmental group says the number could be far higher – engaged in illegal mining in the Madeira River, the Estadao newspaper reported, citing Justice Ministry sources. 

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