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Gold fever in the Amazon - by Douglas Engle

Miners pan for gold while watched by a monitor, right, about 80km from Apui in the Brazilian state of Amazonas, Feb. 4, 2007. Thousands of people have created a virtually instant town in the remote Amazon forest to dig for gold in the region, discovered in Dec. 2006. The environment is not much of a concern as trees are felled and pits are dug by people from all over Brazil and from all walks of life. Most simply say that some deforestation in the immense amazon it is the price to pay for Brazilians to exploit their nation's riches. The monitor is to make sure the miners do not take more than their share. (FOTO:DOUGLAS ENGLE/AUSTRAL FOTO)

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Miners pan for gold while watched by a monitor, right, about 80km from Apui in the Brazilian state of Amazonas, Feb. 4, 2007. Thousands of people have created a virtually instant town in the remote Amazon forest to dig for gold in the region, discovered in Dec. 2006. The environment is not much of a concern as trees are felled and pits are dug by people from all over Brazil and from all walks of life. Most simply say that some deforestation in the immense amazon it is the price to pay for...
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Headline: Brazil Amazon Gold
Author: Douglas Engle/Archivolatino


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