"It’s as if we’re in Mad Max’: warnings for Amazon as goldmining dredges occupy river"

Updated: Feb 25

| Guardian |

| Tom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro | Wed 24 Nov 2021 17.04 GMT |


“They’re making a gram of gold an hour down there,” one prospector claims in an audio recording obtained by the Estado de São Paulo newspaper.

Hundreds of illegal goldmining dredges converge in search of metal as one activist describes it as a ‘free-for-all’

Photograph: Bruno Kelly/Reuters

An aerial view shows hundreds of dredging rafts operated by illegal miners who have gathered in a gold rush on the Madeira, in Brazil, on Tuesday.


Environmentalists are demanding urgent action to halt an aquatic gold rush along one of the Amazon River’s largest tributaries, where hundreds of illegal goldmining dredges have converged in search of the precious metal.


The vast flotilla – so large one local website compared it to a floating neighborhood – reportedly began forming on the Madeira River earlier this month after rumours that a large gold deposit had been found in the vicinity.


 
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