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Efforts to eradicate wildcat gold mines stir up tensions in Central Brazil

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One year ago, news spread that there were gold nuggets “sprouting out of the ground” in Serra do Expedito, 25 kilometers from the city of Aripuanã in the northeast of Mato Grosso. In search of a quick buck, over 3,000 men from various parts of the country were drawn toward the wildcat gold mine, which is located in an area of 2,800 hectares on the Dardanellos farm. The land neighbors the premises of mining company Nexa Resources, a member of Brazilian multinational Grupo Votorantim, which has its own project to implement an underground mine to extract lead and copper.

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