Red Diamonds, Grey Gold: Adventures of a young surveyor in the open pit mines of the Amazon jungle

Red Diamonds, Grey Gold: Adventures of a young surveyor in the open pit mines of the Amazon jungle

by Juan B Plaza


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"Red Diamonds, Grey Gold" is a book about the adventures of a young surveyor in the Amazon rainforest of Venezuela but it is also a stark reminder of what gold mining with mercury pollution is doing to one of the last pristine environments on the planet.
Unfortunately since Juan was at the Amazon in the early 80s the situation has deteriorated significantly in this region, particularly due to rampant illegal mining, but also through the industrialization of what was then a rudimentary and artisanal process.

Today hundreds of professional grade barges continually pollute the rivers at an alarming rate under the apathetical eye of the authorities. Not only is mercury pollution an issue of great concern, but habitat destruction and excessively high water turbidity are a serious threat to the local ecology and the livelihood of indigenous people ".

Dr. Rudolf Jaffe
George Barley Professor of Environmental Chemistry
Florida International University

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492255079
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/25/2013
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Juan B. Plaza holds a degree in Geodesy,
a Master in Digital Photogrammetry and an MBA in International Finance.

He's an accomplished surfboard builder, is writing a cookbook for people with love of detail and kitchen gadgets, is a private pilot and an illustrator through his character Dr. Wiggl's PhD.

Juan lives in Boca Raton, Florida with his wife Alison. He has two children, Andrea Fernanda and Carlos Guillermo.

Juan works as a regional sales manager for Trimble Navigation, a leading manufacturer of surveying equipment.

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