In Photos: Teaching Artisanal Gold Miners To Extract Gold Without .May 1, 2016 . From Indonesia to Senegal to Peru, the majority of artisanal and small scale miners around the world use toxic mercury in the gold mining process. As a result, artisanal and small scale gold mining is the leading cause of mercury pollution in the world, accounting for over 30% of global emissions.small scale gold process pictures,Manual for Training Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Miners - IW:LearnLess mercury, more gold and better health. (Gold in a shop in Kalimantan, Indonesia). Manual for Training Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Miners/Veiga,. M.M. et al./Vienna, Austria: GEF/UNDP/UNIDO, 2006, 144p. 1. mercury pollution, 2. artisanal gold mining, 3. gold processing.