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Pascua-Lama – mining and glaciers on the Argentina-Chile border

Introduction The Pascua-Lama project is located between 4,200 and 5,200 metres (13,779 and 17,060 ft) above sea level, on the border of Chile and Argentina. It is situated in the area …

The radiological impact of uranium extraction by AREVA in northern Niger

The project The companies Societe des Mines de l’air (SOMA√ŹR) and Compagnie Mini√®re d’Akouta (COMINAK) are mining uranium deposits in northern Niger, in a desert area close to the Air Mountains, …

Popular resistance to the Marlin mine (Guatemala)

Introduction Marlin is an open pit mine in northern Guatemala, in the municipalities of San Miguel de Ixtahuacan and Sipacapa that have a joint population of approximately 70,000. Previously owned by …

Copper mining in Los Pelambres, Los Caimanes (Chile)

Introduction Los Pelambres is an open pit copper mine located in the Andes, 3,600 metres (11,811 feet) above sea level. It is situated close to Los Caimanes community, 45 kilometres (28 …

La Colosa Mining Project in Cajamarca (Colombia)

Introduction Once declared by former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe as being ‚Äúthe greatest gold mine in the world‚ÄĚ, the open pit mining project is located in Cajamarca, Tolima in Colombia. It …

Uranium Fairytales from Kremikovci, Bulgaria

Location and site description The Kremikovci region (which includes the villages Seslavci, Buhovo, Kremkovci, and Yana) is located at the base of Stara Planina Mountain in Bulgaria. The uranium mines and …

Illegal Sand Mining Conflicts in India

Introduction Sand mining refers to the extraction of sand from riverbeds and seashores for construction activities and for minerals such as gold, silver, silicates et cetera. It is legal when authorised …

Opposition to Gold Mining at Mount Ida, Turkey

Introduction This conflict concerns the development of gold mining at Mount Ida in the Biga District of western Turkey. Prospecting for gold has been expanding in the region since 2007, leading …

Pacific Rim: El Dorado mine in El Salvador

Introduction Located in San Isidro, Caba√Īas, the El Dorado mine is about 65 kilometres east of San Salvador, and 420 metres (1377 feet) above sea level. The area enjoys tropical weather …

Gold mining suspended in Crucitas (Costa Rica)

Introduction The Crucitas Project is located in the Cutris District, Canton of San Carlos, Alajuela, along the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The southern area of the district is a …

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