The violence of mine tailing from the Grasberg mine in the Timika region, West Papua, Indonesia. This LANDSAT 8 false color composite display shows how an area of 293,000 hectares, including the Otomina and Ajkwa rivers, which spill into the Arafura Sea, is used as a geotechnical system for tailing deposition. The journey of the toxic waste begins at over 4,000 m above sea level and leads down to the lowland estuaries, crossing eight different ecologies over a distance of 100 km. Over…
The Grasberg Mine is the largest gold mine and the third largest copper mine in the world. It is located in the province of Papua in Indonesia near Puncak Jaya, the highest mountain in Papua, and it has 19,500 employees. - http://www.theworldgeography.com/2013/06/earth-scars.html
Photo: The Grasberg Mine, located near Puncak Jaya in West Papua, is the largest gold mine and the third largest copper mine in the world (Photo: Kadir Jaelani) Benny Wenda: “West Papuans are living in a prison” | Offiziere.ch
Putting things in scale: Astronaut photo of the Grasberg Mine These days, steep aerial tramways ferry equipment and people in and out. In 2006, the mine coughed up 610,800 tonnes of copper and 58 tonnes of gold, but it doesn’t take much digging to find environmental controversy surrounding the site, with water contamination and landslides heading the list of concerns. Contentious.