23 Jul '12, 6am

New Madagascar rainforest park invaded by sapphire miners

New Madagascar rainforest park invaded by sapphire miners

Chart: Change in peatland cover in Indonesia and Malaysia between 2000 and 2010. Background satellite image courtesy of Microsoft/Bing Maps and NASA, design by mongabay.com. Click image to enlarge. One of Madagascar's newest national parks has been invaded by miners following the discovery of sapphires, reports AFP. Roughly a kilometer of forested river valley in Ankeniheny-Zahamena Reserve has been turned into a "mudpit" after wildcat miners found precious gemstones. "We had an invasion of illegal miners in this park, which is our most recent protected area", Angelo Francois Randriambeloson of the ministry of environment was quoted as saying . Ankeniheny-Zahamena was officially designated last year. While the area affected is still small, other mineral and gemstone finds have had big impacts in Madagascar. For example the small town of Ilakaka in southwestern Madagascar m...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0723-sapphire-mining-madaga...

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