Mining in Ghana. By Legalstone Solicitors LLP June 18, 2019. May 17th, 2021. 3 Comments. Introduction. Ghana has overtaken South Africa to become the largest gold producer and exporter in Africa. Gold is a major export commodity for Ghana and contributes significantly to Ghana’s revenue. This precious metal contributes nearly 48% of the
Gold mines built by Chinese investors have destroyed water bodies in the heart of Ghana, Africa’s second-largest gold producer. River pollution caused by digging up the surrounding land areas have led to deforestation, dying fish and undrinkable water. Some rivers have dried out completely, and deforestation has impoverished many local farmers.
Detecting Gold Mining in Ghana. Researchers are using satellite data to locate small mines that can cause long-term damage to forest communities and human health. This image originally appeared in the NASA Earth Observatory story Detecting Gold Mining in Ghana.