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Ecologists have opened a space hunt for gold miners in the DFO
The Ecological Coalition “Rivers without Borders”, the Center for Satellite Monitoring and Civil Control from St. Petersburg and WWF Russia opened a new season of “space hunting” for gold miners who pollute rivers in the Far East. Satellite images help environmentalists see dumping sites in rivers and reservoirs.
Thanks to computer processing, contaminated with suspended matter water acquires a different color on the satellite image, which differs from the color of pure water. According to the press service of the Amur branch of WWF Russia, the first images have already allowed to determine the places of pollution. Satellites recorded many kilometers of muddy plumes downstream from the alluvial gold mining sites. Environmentalists have already sent appeals to the territorial directorates of Rosprirodnadzor in the Trans-Baikal Territory, the Amur Region and the Jewish Autonomous Region.
Last year, due to such images, unplanned inspections by Rosprirodnadzor were carried out in the Far East. Employees of the agency found violations of environmental legislation at the artels. This year, environmentalists have expanded the geography of observations - now satellites are tracking gold miners in Transbaikalia, the Amur Region, the Jewish Autonomous Region, the Khabarovsk Territory and Primorye.