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PubTalk 3/2015 — The Environmental Legacy of California's Gold Rush

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by Andrea Foster, USGS Research Geologist & Christopher Kim, Associate Professor, Chapman University

  • Why are arsenic and mercury associated with California's gold mines?
  • What types of arsenic and mercury contamination can be directly related to historic mining?
  • How are geochemists studying the distribution and transformations of these contaminants in the environment?
  • How does arsenic and mercury contamination from mining affect human and animal populations in California?




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