Farah Carrasco – Rueda

Witnessing the effects of gold mining

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During this summer I spent some weeks in the South east Amazonia of Peru, one of the most biodiverse areas of the country. Visiting different areas along the Interoceanic highway, we went by the area known as La Pampa.

La Pampa

La Pampa, Madre de Dios – Peru

The change in the landscape is radical, from patches of forest and pastures for cattle ranching you will find a desert with small light blue or green lakes. These areas are the result of intense exploitation of the forest for extracting gold. Before this activity was made only in the riversides, but the forest interior is also providing the precious metal that is a symbol of richness and abundance, ironically coming from destruction and scarcity.

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