I have been within visual site of this GIGANTIC mine – largest copper mine in the World. You can smell it many kilometers away, it burns your eyes, it chokes your breathing 20 kilometers away, it is a giant ecological disaster in the making. The Atacama Desert is such a beautiful and amazing place – somewhere not to be missed in S.A. The mine is disgusting and foul and should not exist anymore! Needs to be stopped ASAP. Air, water, leeching and tailings are polluting the entire Southern Hemisphere.
Chile and Bolivia are the primary victims of massive mining in S.A. but there is also the enormous Gold Mine in the Sky in Ecuador too.
From spaceships to mobile phones, metals are an integral part of the objects that make up the world around us and that we use in everyday life. The metal industry is a major component of the world economy, and mining takes place all over the world. Yet their extraction and refinement is still an arduous and dangerous process, not only for the workers but for the surrounding environment. Subscribe to Spark for more amazing science, tech and engineering videos – https://goo.gl/LIrlur