"Barrick Gold, a powerful multinational already notorious for its dealings in North America, Australia and Africa, plans to extract an estimated
500,000 kilograms of gold (along with silver, copper and mercury) from the site over a 20 year period. Before doing so, however, the company will
relocate significant parts of the Toro 1, Toro 2 and Esperanza, three giant Andean glaciers. Barrick hopes to transfer the three glaciers to an area
with similar surface characteristics and elevation by merging the three into the larger Guanaco glacier."
Relocating a glacier. Is that even possible? I mean these things are massive. Would it take tens of thousands of truck loads of ice to relocate the
mass? I mean you certainly couldn't move more than a few tons at a time.
thats just plan DUM . Blow up the glacer then load it into trucks then dump it someware else? I mean realy what are they planing to do with these ICE
CUBES when they get to were they are dumping them ?put them back toghter?
After reading the source this story makes more sense to me. Simply relocating a a glacier didn't make any sense to me. Apparently the people in the
arid region downstream from the mountain use the melted water from the glaciers as their water supply. I suppose the gold company would be arguing
that they are keeping their water source intact by moving it to a similiar elevation. However using cyanide and releasing other toxic heavy metals to
extract the gold from the mountain might cause some concern for those living downstream IMO. If the gold company is too powerful to be stopped by the
locals, I feel sorry for those who might be going to get poisoned by the toxic runoff.
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