Digging for Gold in the Andes – The New Yorker

Digging for Gold in the Andes

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The mines at La Rinconada, a bitter-cold, mercury-contaminated pueblo clinging to the glaciered mountainside, are “artisanal”—small, unregulated, and grossly unsafe. To stave off disaster, the miners propitiate the mountain deities with tiny liquor bottles. CREDITPHOTOGRAPH BY MOISES SAMAN / MAGNUM

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