NASA Spots ‘Gold Rivers’ in Amazon, Reveals Illegal Gold Mining Pits

An increase in gold prices has set off a gold rush, giving rise to thousands of illegal mining sites in the Amazon rainforest.

written by
Rajvi Desai
Feb 12, 2021
gold mining in the Amazon
Image Credit: NASA
AuthorRajvi Desai

Rajvi Desai is The Swaddle's Culture Editor. After graduating from NYU as a Journalism and Politics major, she covered breaking news and politics in New York City, and dabbled in design and entertainment journalism. Back in the homeland, she's interested in tackling beauty, sports, politics and human rights in her gender-focused writing, while also co-managing The Swaddle Team's podcast, Respectfully Disagree.