Mining affects the surrounding agricultural lands, water, resources, and economic instability in the country of Ghana. “More than a third of the country’s production last year came from small mines” (Financial Times). The region of Kibi, for example, is the president’s hometown in Southern Ghana. In Kibi and in many regions, a majority of young men mine for gold. Ghana is known globally for its rich deposits of gold, and is referred to as the “Gold Coast” with mining for gold occurring in every region. This has brought worldwide concerns to the amount of cocoa in the world since Ghana is one of the world’s leading exporters of cocoa. Yet mining for gold has overtaken the amount of cocoa production causing a global decline in cocoa. Another concern for the gold mining in Ghana relates to the lack of regulation in the region allowing miners to use mercury, a toxic substance, in the mines contributing to a negative factor on the environment.
SpaceKnow analytics tracked the rampant gold mining scene through images collected between 2013-2017.