Gold Rush in Peruvian Amazon Visible from Space

The multiple meandering channels of the Inambari River are visible on the left side of the picture. The river and the pits cut through the otherwise unbroken Amazon rainforest in Peru’s Madre de Dios state.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - An astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) took a photograph of numerous gold prospecting pits in eastern Peru. The pits—usually hidden from an astronaut’s view by cloud cover or outside the Sun’s glint point—stand out brilliantly in this image due to the reflected sunlight.

The multiple meandering channels of the Inambari River are visible on the left side of the image. The river and the pits cut through the otherwise unbroken Amazon rainforest in Peru’s Madre de Dios state.

In this very wet climate, the prospecting pits appear as hundreds . . .

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