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Maitani
Gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon: a view from the ground - Print - http://print.news.mongabay.com/2012...
Gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon: a view from the ground - Print
Gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon: a view from the ground - Print
"On the back of a partially functioning motorcycle I fly down miles of winding footpath at high-speed through the dense Amazon rainforest, the driver never able to see more than several feet ahead. Myriads of bizarre creatures lie camouflaged amongst the dense vines and lush foliage; flocks of parrots fly overhead in rainbows of color; a moss-covered three-toed sloth dangles from an overhanging branch; a troop of red howler monkeys rumble continuously in the background; leafcutter ants form miles of crawling highways across the forest floor. Even the hot, wet air feels alive." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Suddenly, the forest stops. Bone dry, dusty air burns my nostrils. The harsh equatorial sun, no longer filtered through layers of canopy and understory vegetation, beats down with full force. We are in a vast expanse of sandy desert, the tree line barely visible on the other side. The scar of deforestation reaches miles into the horizon." - Maitani
The Lost Story of Madre de Dios by Heather Pringle http://www.lastwordonnothing.com/2012... - Maitani