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Toxic Legacy California Gold Rush
2013-10-29 12:39:15

A new study says the mercury used to extract gold from the foothills in California's Great Gold Rush is now trickling towards Central Valley where fisheries, rice fields and wineries abound.


Word of the Day
sudarium
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.