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Peru open mining 2012 01 03
Record prices for gold this year have pushed many into the mining business

PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru — Record gold prices are claiming an unlikely victim: the lush, spectacularly biodiverse rainforests of the Peruvian Amazon.

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