Miners Clean Washington Rivers and Streams
May 2007 by Richard HolcombThe Washington Department of Health has issued several warnings about mercury contamination in fish and shellfish. The small-scale mining community is the only group that is actively removing mercury and lead from the waterways of the State of Washington using the only economically feasible method available—with suction dredges and other small-scale mining equipment.
Recreational Dredging on the South Yuba River
Joe Williams needs six trips with his faithful wheelbarrow to haul his "back-pack" dredge and camping supplies down into the South Yuba River canyon at the start of each dredging season. The nearest spot to leave his vehicle lies about four miles and, during the hot summers, a canteen of water away. Still, he's been doing it for about fifteen seasons since the 1970s.
Miners Rescued After Two Weeks
Two Australian miners who survived for two weeks in a kennel-size cage trapped 3,000 feet underground walked out of the Beaconsfield Gold Mine and punched the air, freed by rescue crews drilling round-the-clock by hand.
Glacial Gold in Ohio
Ohio is an industrialized, midwestern state with a population of 11.5 million and an area of 40,953 square miles. Annual precipitation is about 40 inches, enough to give rise to hardwood forests...
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