An agouti rodent eats around roots and trees in Brownsberg Nature Park, about 80 miles south of Paramaribo, Suriname. Miners are tearing up trees, poisoning creeks with mercury and, in some places, erecting makeshift jungle towns with shops, prostitutes and churches. In their wake is a wasteland, said a regional representative of the World Wildlife Fund. (Associated Press)

An agouti rodent eats around roots and trees in Brownsberg Nature Park, about 80 miles south of Paramaribo, Suriname. Miners are tearing up trees, poisoning creeks with mercury and, in some places, erecting makeshift jungle towns with shops, prostitutes and churches. In their wake is a wasteland, said a regional representative of the World Wildlife Fund. (Associated Press)