The new gold rush — what is the threat?

[Photo: Diorit, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons]

Eldorado has more than one name

Raft Gold-washing, Peru — [Photo: Copyright © by Roar Johansen, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons]
Landslide Gold mine, Brazil — [Photo: Redes Sociais, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons]
Mount Diwata — [Photo: Palácio do Planalto from Brasilia, Brasil, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons]

It’s not all gold that glitters…

The photo of the “golden rivers” recently taken by ISS astronauts is a real picture of the havoc wrought by diggers in the Amazon — [Photo: NASA, Public domain]
The biggest problem with illegal mines is the mercury used in prospecting. This — although highly poisonous — combines well with gold to form an amalgam — [Photo: Bionerd, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons]

Dirty business

[Photo by Michael Steinberg from Pexels]

Destination of gold in the world

Largest licensed gold mines by production (2020)

The world’s largest gold producers (2020)

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