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Illegal mining leaves toxic wastelands in Indonesia

Seven years ago, according to local legend, an impoverished vegetable farmer named Susyono found a gram-sized gold nugget on the sparsely vegetated Gunung Botak, or Bald Mountain, one of the highest features of eastern Indonesia’s one-time prison island of Buru. Within months, the island had been overrun by more than 130,000 artisanal miners flocking in […]

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