All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Sierra Nevada’

Drought Gold Rush Brings Prospectors to California

“A mine is a hole in the ground with a liar standing next to it, down which you throw money.” – attributed to Mark Twain The San Bernadino Sun reports that one of the worst droughts in California history, one that is forecast to bring dangerous wildfires this summer, has had another surprising effect in the Sierra Nevada mountains near …

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Mercury From Gold Rush Contaminating Wildlife Today

Gold mining has been called “the gift that keeps on taking” by geographer Gary Brechin, and the damage to California will possibly last ten millennia. The LA Times and USA Today report that the hydraulic mining practices of gold rush-era miners in the mid-to-late 1800s deposited mercury-laced sediments throughout the Sacramento Valley and deep into the San Francisco Bay. Even …

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