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Hydraulic mining has obliterated a vast portion of
these evergreens. Note how the topsoil has been leeched & replaced by sand.
A once gorgeous island in Australia's Buccaneer
archapeligo razed to the foundation while pollutants were dumped into pristine waters

Mineral resources cover a very broad range of specific minerals. Among the more common are iron, aluminum, bauxite, copper, sulfur, tungsten, gems, precious metals such as gold, copper and silver, and nuclear materials such as uranium and plutonium.


The mining of resources in and of itself is a necessary practice, but irresponsible mining practices such as strip mining and unsustainable exploitation of the land are contributing to rampant deforestation.


Strip mining not only removes forests and precious subsoil and topsoil, but causes entire streams to be contaminated or filled in blatant violation of the clean water act.


Chemicals used in other forms of mining contaminate the soil, aquatic and marine ecosystems and drinking water with harmful chemicals. These chemicals which are often used to treat minerals which are mined first filter into the aquifer, getting into our supply of drinking water beneath the earth’s surface.


Not all the chemicals, however, are absorbed into the earth. Many flow down from the top of the mountain, at the uppermost points of the watershed in which they are mined, into the streams, rivers, lakes, and ultimately reach the ocean. The fish and other aquatic and marine organisms are then contaminated and this pollution is passed up the food chain, often working its way into human bellies as well.


Perhaps the most potentially beneficial materials mined are nuclear resources. The use of nuclear power can eliminate the need for the fossil fuels that are destroying both the economy and environment at a global level.



Freeport is arguably the most evil and unscrupulous  company on the planet. They shamelessly dump millions of tons of toxic waste into the rivers and displace entire villages of indigenous people in their avaricious quest for limitless profits. Click on the links below to learn more.

The mountain formerly here was of paramount
religious significance in Irian Jaya. Freeport has shamelessly reduced it to this massive pit .

Magazine article on the Freeport Mining Company

Report on the environmental impact of Freeport's Grasberg Mine in Irian Jaya, Indonesia

Newmont mining company has contaminated the Puyat Bay in Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia. They have been cleared of wrongdoing by the UN despite evidence of mercury
contamination in the bay, the wildlife therein, and amongst the local people living downstream from the site where Newmont dumped their tailings. These tailings contain mercury used in the processing of gold ore.

Toxic waste containing mercury and other noxious
chemicals was routed from this mining site

Mining Advocacy Network report on the damages caused in Sulawesi by Newmont.

Another report on the Newmont Minahasa Raya atrocities

To this bay where indigenous children bathe

Advocacy letter for NMR victims including email addresses for the Indonesian President, US Embassy, and other organizations.

Laporan tentang NMR dalam bahasa indonesia

and emerge covered with blisters

Findings by Architecture Dept., Faculty of Engineering, Sam Ratulangi University, Manado, Indonesia Toxicology & Marine Pharmaceutics, Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science, Sam Ratulangi University, Manado, Indonesia, Center for Environmental Studies and Natural Resources (CESNR/PPLH-SDA), and Research Institution, Sam Ratulangi University, Manado, Indonesia

Fish populations such as these, upon which Manado
is highly dependent, have been decimated and rendered inedible by said toxins

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