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ON THE RIO MADEIRA, Brazil (AP) — Hundreds of barges of illegal miners dredging for gold were navigating along the Madeira River in the Brazil…

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An illegal gold miner works with mercury in Nova Olinda, Brazil, Friday, Nov.26, 2021. Hundreds of barges of illegal gold miners are navigating along the Madeira River in the Brazilian Amazon, and researchers said they pose a threat of pollution for the broader environment. (AP Photo/Edmar Barros)

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An illegal miner studies on a dredging barge, on the Madeira River in Nova Olinda, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. Hundreds of barges of illegal gold miners are navigating along the river in the Brazilian Amazon, and researchers said they pose a threat of pollution for the broader environment. (AP Photo/Edmar Barros)

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An illegal miner grills chicken on a dredging barge, on the Madeira River in Nova Olinda, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. Hundreds of barges of illegal gold miners are navigating along the river in the Brazilian Amazon, and researchers said they pose a threat of pollution for the broader environment. (AP Photo/Edmar Barros)

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An illegal miner takes a photo of gold heb extracted from the Madeira River, in Nova Olinda, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. Hundreds of barges of illegal gold miners are navigating along the river in the Brazilian Amazon, and researchers said they pose a threat of pollution for the broader environment. (AP Photo/Edmar Barros)

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Dredging barges operated by illegal miners searching for gold navigate the Madeira River, in Nova Olinda, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. Hundreds of barges of illegal gold miners are navigating along the river in the Brazilian Amazon, and researchers said they pose a threat of pollution for the broader environment. (AP Photo/Edmar Barros)

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Illegal miner eat lunch on a dredging barge, on the Madeira River in Nova Olinda, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. Hundreds of barges of illegal gold miners are navigating along the river in the Brazilian Amazon, and researchers said they pose a threat of pollution for the broader environment. (AP Photo/Edmar Barros)

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Illegal gold miners sit on a dredging barge on the Madeira River in Nova Olinda, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. Hundreds of barges of illegal gold miners are navigating along the river in the Brazilian Amazon, and researchers said they pose a threat of pollution for the broader environment. (AP Photo/Edmar Barros)

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An illegal miner works to extract gold he found in the Madeira River, in Nova Olinda, Amazonas state, Brazil, Friday, Nov.26, 2021. Hundreds of barges of illegal gold miners are navigating along the river in the Brazilian Amazon, and researchers said they pose a threat of pollution for the broader environment. (AP Photo/Edmar Barros)