Miners use mechanical sluices to trap the mud that is rich in goldThey mix this with mercury in buckets using their bare hands. Mercury is a persistent pollutant - it does not break down in the environment.
Mercury use in small-scale gold mining in Indonesia is illegal, but miners still use it to extract gold from the rock or soil.The fumes are highly toxic and is slowly poisoning miners who use it in the field.
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