The effects of resource extraction from tropical rainforests+ their management

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Mining in Brazil:

A variety of minerals are extracted from the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil

1) The Carajas iron ore mining project uses wood from the forest to power its pig iron plants-> annual deforestation of 6100 km2

2) Mercury is used in gold mining. The mercury is very toxic and is found in high concentration in fish. 90% of the fish caught in the gold mining region surrounding the River Tapajos is contaminated with mercury. Eaten-> causes cancer+ high miscarriage rates among the trubespeople. 

3) In the state of Roraima- conflicts between gold prospectors+ the indigenous Yanomamo Indians. 

Logging in Cameroon:

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