Amazon Gold Mine

  • Audience:

    Wild Chronicles goes on expedition with the World Wildlife Fund to one of the most remote parts of the Amazon rain forest of Brazil. The mission: Find and stop a destructive gold mining operation hidden deep in the rain forest's interior. The world's richest reservoir of plant and animal life is found in the rain forest, and the battle for its survival pits those trying to protect the Amazon against the illegal miners who would destroy it.

    1. How does Tumucumaque National Park manager Christoph Jaster find the illegal gold mine?

      Christoph uses a GPS device to locate the general area of the mine, which he originally spotted from an airplane. Eventually, a miner leads him to the mine's exact location.

    2. How does gold mining damage the rain forest ecosystem?

      Hydraulic mining erodes the soil and silts up rivers. Mercury used in the mining proces threatens the health of wildlife, as well as local communities.

    3. How do managers of Tumucumaque National park hope to cooperate with indigenous communities to protect the park?

      Managers hope to supply tribes with boats and fuel, so community members can help patrol the park for illegal activity.

    4. How long has the illegal gold mine been operating?

      The mine has been operating for about 20 years.

    5. Christoph says there is a good chance the owners of the mine may shut it down. Why?

      The mine is not very profitable.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    expedition Noun

    journey with a specific purpose, such as exploration.

    illegal Adjective

    forbidden by law.

    mining Noun

    process of extracting ore from the Earth.

    rain forest Noun

    area of tall, mostly evergreen trees and a high amount of rainfall.

    Encyclopedic Entry: Rain forest
    remote Adjective

    distant or far away.