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By Amos Chapple
With the sale of elephant tusks under close scrutiny, “ethical ivory” from the extinct woolly mammoth is now feeding an insatiable market in China. This rush on mammoth ivory is luring a fresh breed of miner – the tusker – into the Russian wilderness and creating dollar millionaires in some of the poorest villages of Siberia.
Ravaged landscape is the obvious result of the tusk hunters’ methods, but the impact on Yakutia’s waterways is far-reaching.
At the end of the valley, this stream, thick with runoff from the tuskers' hoses, runs straight into the river. In a region famed for its fish, the men working this site now don’t bother to take fishing rods.
originally posted by: FamCore
Better than killing living things for it I suppose.. hope they don't stop finding them anytime soon
originally posted by: SLAYER69
I'm glad people are able to make a living and are not killing anything presently to do so.
originally posted by: Discotech
Did neither of you read the whole part about fishermen no longer fishing in the river famed for its fish due to the run off from the tuskers ?
However, this just tares up the environment
originally posted by: SeekingDepth
Love the digital journalism story. Mixed feelings as well…
Hope all that spraying of the permafrost doesn’t release any bio hazards as in other parts of Siberia.
Anthrax!!! Yes those biting mosquitoes spread it once released.
A strong new warning from scientists suggests that there is a 'dangerous' risk of infection across this entire permafrost area. Picture: Gazprom
The Yamalo-Nenets region has suffered not one but three separate outbreaks of lethal anthrax since 7 July, with bloodsucking insects - especially gadflies and mosquitoes - playing a key role in the spread, we can confirm.
A strong new warning from scientists suggests that there is a 'dangerous' risk of infection across this entire permafrost area.