Research has determined that the mercury level exceeds up to 87 times the level permitted by the Colombian State.[:]
Peru: The brazen serpent that is poisoning the Amazon
Recent report finds pollution levels caused by oil spills in the northeastern Amazon region of Peru: has been found mercury and cadmium in the blood and urine of people of Cuninico and San Pedro (Loreto)
Researchers use biomarkers for monitoring mercury contamination
Experts seek a way to assess the presence of mercury in the environment and organisms before it becomes toxic.
Emergency in 11 districts of Madre de Dios, Peru, by mercury contamination
Document shows mercury contamination in rivers, hydrobiological species and population exceeding the maximum permissible limits due to artisanal mining.
Researchers study mercury index in fish and breast milk in Brazil
Samples were collected in the basin of the Madeira River in Rondonia State, the Tocantins river in the states of Goiás and Maranhão, and the Negro river in the Amazonas State.
Amazon indians at risk in mercury poisoning crisis
Illegal gold mining in the Amazon has a devastating effect on indigenous peoples. Miners bring disease, deforestation and murder. Then long after they have gone, communities are left to suffer deadly mercury poisoning.
Mining, mercury and illegality in the Amazon: Not all gold shines
Contamination of people and environments by mercury increases in the Amazon, while agreements and government actions to reduce the problem are still on paper.
The Yanomami people are contaminated by mercury from mining
The mining has left deep scars in the Yanomami people and in their territory. Between 1986 and 1990, it is estimated that 20% of the population (1,800 people) died due to disease and violence caused by invading gold miners.
Peruvian Viceminister confirms mercury poisoning in ethnic Nahua
The reason would be the consumption of a banned fish for human consumption in countries like Colombia and Brazil, because its body has the ability to accumulate mercury acquired by the environment.
Mining closed in Amapá extracted gold and wood illegally in Brazilian state of Amapa
Owner had license to extract tantalite in an area of 30 hectares. Inspection identified river deviation and soil contamination by mercury.