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The high price of gold has drawn thousands of miners to a region of south-east Peru, but deforestation and the high levels of mercury used in mining has led to fears of an imminent ecological disaster

2009-12-20

 Peru gold mining environment
The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials. The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many...

2010-06-13

 Afghanistan mining USA business politics war profiteering mineral
A joint team from the Pentagon, US Geological Service and USAID has calculated Afghanistan's mineral deposits are worth at least $900bn...

2010-06-14

 Afghanistan mining war profiteering USA
The lunar landscape is the closest thing Earth might have to a void. Nothing is the first word that springs to mind. All one sees is a white nothingness, stretching out to the horizon.

2010-07-18

 Bolivia salt mining lake Salar de Uyuni lithium
Following the very, very tragic accident in New Zealand, there will be the obvious comparisons between the events in Chile and New Zealand. But really, there is no comparison.

2010-11-24

 mining New Zealand disaster explosion coal
The Ngram Viewer lets you graph and compare phrases from these datasets over time, showing how their usage has waxed and waned over the years. One of the advantages of having data online is that it lowers the barrier to serendipity: you can stumble across something in these 500 billion words and be the first person ever to make that discovery.

2010-12-16

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Two small islands in South Asia's first marine biosphere reserve have sunk into the sea primarily as a result of coral reef mining, experts say. The islets were in a group in the Gulf of Mannar, between India and Sri Lanka...

2011-05-13

 turtle India Sri Lanka island sink coral mining
Afghanistan has become the first country whose surface minerals have been mapped from the air.

2012-07-18

 Afghanistan mineral geology mining mapping USA business
Tens of thousands of Peruvians have flocked to the country's Amazon region to join a chaotic gold rush. But illegal mining has led to violence, pollution and the destruction of parts of the country's precious rainforest...

2012-07-11

 Peru gold rush mining illegal deforestation environment Amazon