Even the ‘Good’ Gold Mines Are Pretty Bad

Despite gold’s pristine reputation, extracting it can be messy business as I learned one sunny day in mid-April of last year. There in Long Canyon, on the edge of Nevada’s Ruby Mountains, ridgetops lay flattened, and hills ribboned with carved out steppes. Despite the fact that water trucks routinely coated the dirt roads, dust billowed up over the completely reformed landscape. This is a picture of your modern gold mine.

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