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Gold mining in the watershed or ‘buffer zone’ between the Mt. Gorongosa area and Gorongosa National Park.

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Gold mining in the watershed or ‘buffer zone’ between the Mt. Gorongosa area and Gorongosa National Park.

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Gold mining in the watershed or ‘buffer zone’ between the Mt. Gorongosa area and Gorongosa National Park.

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Teams of miners with a government permit dig for gold. They’re about a mile outside Gorongosa Park- but within the watershed that sustains it. The future of the park depends on finding sustainable livelihoods for the people who live in the area.

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Runoff from a road-widening project clogs up a frog breeding stream near Limon, 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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Early work by Joel Sartore. A mine worker is treated for job-related illnesses.

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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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View from the window of a float plane over diamond mining territory north of Yellowknife, NWT, Canada.

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View from the window of a float plane over diamond mining territory north of Yellowknife, NWT, Canada.

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A float plane parked on a lake at Yellowknife, NWT, Yukon.

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A float plane docked on a lake near the Tanqueray Resources, Ltd. diamond mining camp north of Yellowknife, NWT, Yukon.

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A float plane docked on a lake near the Tanqueray Resources, Ltd. diamond mining camp north of Yellowknife, NWT, Yukon.

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A float plane docked on a lake near the Tanqueray Resources, Ltd. diamond mining camp north of Yellowknife, NWT, Yukon.

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A Tanqueray Resources, Ltd. drilling shack at a diamond-mining site in the water-soaked tundra north of Yellowknife, NWT, Canada.

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A Tanqueray Resources, Ltd. drilling shack at a diamond-mining site in the water-soaked tundra north of Yellowknife, NWT, Canada.

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A Tanqueray Resources, Ltd. drilling shack at a diamond-mining site in the water-soaked tundra north of Yellowknife, NWT, Canada.

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A Tanqueray Resources, Ltd. drilling shack at a diamond-mining site in the water-soaked tundra north of Yellowknife, NWT, Canada.

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Prospecting for diamonds in the water-soaked tundra north of Yellowknife, NWT, Canada.

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Prospecting for diamonds in the water-soaked tundra north of Yellowknife, NWT, Canada.

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Ravens in the streets of Yellowknife, Canada, near a large diamond-mining area in the Northwest Territories.

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Prospecting for diamonds in the water-soaked tundra north of Yellowknife, NWT, Canada.

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