In Amazonian gold rush, enforcement is elusive
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In Amazonian gold rush, enforcement is elusive

The price of gold has drawn miners to Madre de Dios, a department of southeastern Peru. But deforestation and use of mercury in the mining have created and environmental hazard for the surrounding rainforest. The Peruvian government is trying to crack down, but enforcement is difficult in the vast jungle of the Amazon. (Francine Uenuma/The Washington Post, photos by Lauren Keane/The Washington Post)

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