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Mining California: An Ecological History

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An environmental History of California during the Gold Rush

Between 1849 and 1874 almost $1 billion in gold was mined in California. With little available capital or labor, here's how: high-pressure water cannons washed hillsides into sluices that used mercury to trap gold but let the soil wash away; eventually more than three times the amount of earth moved to make way for
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ebook, 256 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by Hill and Wang (first published August 1st 2005)
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Kathleen Hulser
Who knew how fast the gold mining industry moved from those romantic grizzled claim-jumpers to hydraulic operations that shot water from cannons at the mountainsides? The industrial operations washed millions of tons of tailings into the American, Feather, Stanilaus and Tulumne Rivers raising streambeds and causing floods of slicken to spread across what had been river bottom lands in flood times. The Sacramento River flooded the town repeatedly as it and the American kept breaching levees which ...more
Annette
Had to read certain chapters of this book for class. If i had to read the whole thing I probably wouldn't of liked it but having to read certain chapters and write about it was not bad at all compared to other books that are assigned. The way it was written I found interesting and easy to follow.
Katherine Carlson
Feb 13, 2008 Katherine Carlson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: American Historians
Shelves: school
A very smart, well-developed, and fascinating look on the ecological factors behind the shaping of American Western history. Addresses and disputes a lot of popular American West mythology. Written by my favorite Temple professor, Andrew Isenberg, the book is every bit as good as the class.
Danielle
Great book about history of California, Read it as a requirement for a class, but very interesting.
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