Images of Gold mining along the Rio Los Amigos in the Peruvian Amazon

Stock images Gold mining along the Rio Los Amigos in the Peruvian Amazon. Photos © 2011 Steven Foster. All Rights Reserved. Please contact us for pricing & terms at sfoster@stevenfoster.com or call +1-479-253-2629.

Twenty-four photosgraphs of gold mining along the Rio Los Amigos. Environmentally hazardous, gold prospecting along Peru's tropical rivers involves dredging and sifting tons of coarse gravel, then capturing tiny gold flecks in a barrel to which mercury is added as an amalgam. The mercury is then burned-off in to the atmosphere, leaving a few grams of gold for a crew of three, working 24 hours a day, to share for a week's work. Click on thumbnails for larger views.

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