PHOTOS: Mongolia Gold Rush Destroying Rivers

PHOTOS: Mongolia Gold Rush Destroying Rivers
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Cranes dredge the headwaters of the Orhon River, in central Mongolia, in search of gold.

Pictured here in September 2008, this tributary of the Orhon is being picked over by Mongolian mining company Gatsuurt.

As mining companies scramble to extract the country's vast deposits of gold and other minerals, government regulationsincluding laws that stipulate that mining must not be done next to riversare being violated or even ignored, environmentalists claim.
—Photograph by Cheryl Zook/NGS
 
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