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Illegal miners infest Venezuela's Amazon

By Reuters | Tue, 3 Dec 2013 06:00 AM
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By Diego Ore

PUERTO AYACUCHO, Venezuela, Dec 3 (Reuters) - From the air, the thick green canopy that covers the Venezuelan Amazon is pocked with ever more frequent small holes.

On the ground, at 40 degrees Celsius (104 F) in the shade, crews of Brazilian, Colombian and Venezuelan miners tear through one of the areas of greatest biodiversity on the planet in their hunt for gold, diamonds and ...

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