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

[ Watch the Video: The Enduring Contaminant Legacy Of The California Gold Rush ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Gold Rush of the 1800s may seem a distant historical phenomenon at this point, but its effects are still being felt in California. According to a new study, the mercury used to extract gold from the foothills is now slowly trickling towards California’s Central Valley where fisheries, rice fields and wineries abound. The miners helped create...


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