Arroyo La Junta / Los Cardones
A biodiversity survey, led by BRIT's Biodiversity Explorer Dr. Sula Vanderplank, addressed an immediate threat to biodiversity in Baja California Sur, Mexico: an open pit gold mine. The survey, the results of which are available for free download here, documented the presence of twenty-nine endangered species, 107 species endemic to the area within the planned mine footprint, and more than 875 species overall. The scientists stress that their findings represent only a fraction of the true diversity of the site, which is especially true for insect and invertebrate diversity. Final approval of the mine project is pending permits from other national government commissions.