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A forest ranger looks at heavy metal residue in Bucktail creek at Salmon National Forest in Idaho. The slag comes from nearby Blackbird mine, closed in the 1960’s.

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An interior least tern (Sterna antillarum), a federally endangered species, on its nest at the Western Sand and Gravel mine along the Platte River near Fremont, NE. Many mine companies are pausing work during the nesting season in areas this bird and other rare species use.

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A ravine is demolished by a road-widening/gravel mining project in Ecuador.

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Aerial of a big gold mine in Brazil’s Pantanal. Orange tailing ponds ring the mine, which uses mercury to extract the gold.

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Aerial of a big gold mine in Brazil’s Pantanal. Orange tailing ponds ring the mine, which uses mercury to extract the gold.

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A salmon counter at the Bonneville Dam tracks the species as it moves through the Columbia River system.

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Aerial of the Chuquicamata mining complex in Chile’s Atacama Desert.

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Aerial of the Chuquicamata mining complex in Chile’s Atacama Desert. Red hot slag is dumped onto the ground; virtually no pollution controls exist here. Smoke pours out of the smelter’s smokestacks.

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Aerial of the Chuquicamata mining complex in Chile’s Atacama Desert. Red hot slag is dumped onto the ground; virtually no pollution controls exist here. Smoke pours out of the smelter’s smokestacks.

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Aerial of the Chuquicamata mining complex in Chile’s Atacama Desert. Red hot slag is dumped onto the ground; virtually no pollution controls exist here. Smoke pours out of the smelter’s smokestacks.

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Aerial of the Chuquicamata mining complex in Chile’s Atacama Desert.

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Aerial of the Chuquicamata mining complex in Chile’s Atacama Desert.

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Aerial of the Chuquicamata mining complex in Chile’s Atacama Desert.

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A worker inspects holes drilled for explosives at the Viceroy gold mine in Nevada.

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