Can Modern Gold Mining Be Sustainable? (w/Video)

from National Geographic

Posted by Dan Stone of National Geographic Magazine in Change Reaction on December 6, 2012

It’s a core part of California lore. Back in 1848, golden rocks were discovered in the hills north of Sacramento.The value of the element caught attention nationally, drawing thousands of hopeful miners out to northern California. The small state trading post of San Francisco quickly boomed into a large city.

Gold mining still happens today, with higher yields than ever before. Considering mining’s impact on the planet, and the global appetite for gold, we decided to visit a working mine near Shasta, California. . . . Read Complete Report

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