A US Geological Survey (USGS) has reported substantial gold deposits in Puerto Rico. They are concentrated in two municipalities, ten rivers, and the Sierra Luquillo sector.
The Sierra Luquillo deposits cover a staggering area. Acording to the USGS report, they extend for ten kilometers, and run all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.
The report is 337 pages long, completed jointly by the USGS and the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. Its file name is “Open-File Report 98-38” and its title is Mineral Resource Assessment for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico .
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RIVERS OF GOLD
Pages 196-198 of the report analyze the gold deposits in two major municipalities: Utuado and Barranquitas.
They also report the “placer gold deposits” along ten rivers: Rio Fajardo, Rio Mameyes, Rio Humacao, Rio Maville, Rio Cibuco, Rio Daguao, Rio Grande de Loiza, Rio Sibuco, Rio Anasco, and Rio Grande de Manatí.
THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA LUQUILLO
During the 17th century, the Spanish empire worked a gold mining area in the Sierra de Luquillo.
It looked something like this:
However, the vast majority of the area was not mined.
On page 197 of the USGS report, it states that “gold deposits persist for nearly the entire distance of 10 kilometers to the Atlantic Ocean.”
BATTLE FOR EL YUNQUE
The El Yunque rain forest is located in the Sierra Luquillo sector.
Rumors have circulated about the possible mining of El Yunque. Some estimates claim that tons of gold are buried in the volcanic ash of El Yunque.
According to attorney Aleida Centeno, the President of the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Forest Service is aware of the mining potential of El Yunque…a potential extending to 610,000 tons of gold.
At its current price, this amount of gold would yield over $26 trillion to its owners. To place this in context, the gross national product (GNP) of the United States is estimated at $18.45 trillion.
El Yunque is currently a “protected” national forest…but a gold deposit which is roughly 150% of the United States GNP, could easily persuade the US congress to “amend” that designation .
YET ANOTHER REASON FOR CLEARING THINGS UP
The existence of 610,000 tons of gold in El Yunque is far from certain. Some would call it fringe journalism, or science fiction.
However, even a fraction of that amount, could place the entire rain forest at risk.
It would be a shame to pit the irreplacable beauty of El Yunque, against the needs of the US economy.
This is yet another reason, for clearing up the relationship between the US and Puerto Rico…once and for all.
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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