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BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/AMAZON
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April 26, 2016
An illegal gold mine burns during Brazil’s environmental agency operation against illegal gold mining...
AMAZON, Brazil
The Wider Image: Illegal gold mining in the Amazon
An illegal gold mine burns during Brazil’s environmental agency operation against illegal gold mining on indigenous land, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, in Roraima state, Brazil April 17, 2016. At over 9.5 million hectares, the Yanomami territory is twice the size of Switzerland and home to around 27,000 indians. The land has legally belonged to the Yanomami since 1992, but illegal miners continue to plague the area, sawing down trees and poisoning rivers with mercury in their lust for gold. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly SEARCH "AMAZON GOLD" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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