Sunday, July 24, 2011

First (half) day off

Julia at the alleged tailings beach

As we learn more about mining and the telltale signs of abandoned sites, we’re starting to see indicators everywhere, even places they don’t exist. During our afternoon at Lake San Cristobel just outside Lake City, several of us came across a beach that we were convinced was made up of tailings or the fine remains of milled ore which is often laden with toxic heavy metals. Turns out it was just part of the Slumgullian Slide, a naturally occurring phenomenon that has nothing to do with mining.

We’re already seeing the landscape differently, if a bit too vigilantly.

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