SWEAT OF THE SUN

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Since the 16th Century, the continent of South America has borne a troubled and changing history with gold. During the earliest colonial expeditions, Francisco Pizarro, the notorious Spanish Conquistador, violently plundered Peru (the former name of South America) for its abundance of the precious metal. Today, the legacy of gold mining in Peru exists through a far different practice.

 

CARBON IN LEACH (CIL)

 

CIL is a method of gold extraction that uses charcoal as part of a standard cyanidation process. The process starts in SOTRAMI and ends at ‘Remega’ in Lima, a laboratory that removes both the cyanide and the gold from the charcoal.