Gold ugliness from Peru

Gold mining in Madre de Dios, the area of eastern Peru near Brazil. Some photos from behind these disturbing numbers. It’s a fantastic photo essay. Among other things, it shows that some people can work their way up from poverty in the gold fields, such as the lady who used her money to buy heavy machinery, and it shows that the “legal” mining, while permitted, lacks such basics as “knowing what to reforest” and “a system for collecting solid waste.”