Gold mining has an impact on animals – level 2
In the Peruvian rainforest, scientists at Los Amigos Biological Station are researching how illegal gold mining is affecting animals.
Scientists are studying Amazonian rodents, like a very small rat, to check for mercury contamination. Mercury is a very harmful substance and it comes from mining. It can hurt animals and people. The research suggests that many types of animals, from rats to monkeys, are affected by this pollution. The Amazon rainforest has many different plants and animals, but they are in danger because of pollution and other problems.
Mercury may cause animals to have fewer babies or get sick. Scientists want to learn more about this issue and how it could affect animals around the world.
You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.
What steps do scientists need to take to ensure that wildlife and ecosystems in the Amazon rainforest are protected from the effects of illegal gold mining?
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