Gold mining in Turkey: What are the effects on the environment and human health, what do the experts say?

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Gold mining in Turkey has been a subject of discussion since the establishment of the Bergama Ovacik mine in 2001. There are differences of opinion among mining engineers in Turkey, which is one of the countries where most gold mines are being made on the European continent.

On the one hand, it is said that mining methods, which are the order of the day with the use of various toxic substances such as cyanide, pose a risk to human health and the balances of ecosystems are threatened because their effects last for many years.

On the other hand, it is stated that with good management and control practices, gold mining can be carried out safely and damaged fields can be repaired.

The number of mining license applications in Turkey since 2012 is over 20,000 and the number of exploration licenses issued during this period is around 19,000.

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