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Main Title Mining California : an ecological history /
Author Isenberg, Andrew C.
Publisher Hill and Wang,
Year Published 2005
OCLC Number 57069109
ISBN 0809095351 (alk. paper); 9780809095353 (alk. paper)
Subjects California--Environmental conditions--History. ; Nature--Effect of human beings on--California. ; Natèurliche Ressourcen. ; Raubbau. ; Umweltschaden. ; Umweltverèanderung. ; Kalifornien.
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ERAM  GE155.C2 I84 2005 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 12/12/2011
Edition 1st ed.
Collation 242 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [215]-229) and index.
Contents Notes
The political economy of California industrialization -- The alchemy of hydraulic mining : technology, law, and resource-intensive industrialization -- Banking on Sacramento : urban development, flood control, and political legitimization -- Capitalizing on nature : innovation and production in the redwood forests -- Gambling on the grassland : kinship, capital, and ecology in Southern California -- The enclosure of the plateau : land and labor in the high lake country -- Epilogue : economic development and the California environment. 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 the Panama Canal entered California's rivers, leaving behind twenty tons of mercury every mile--rivers overflowed their banks and valleys were flooded, the land poisoned. In the rush to wealth, the same chain of foreseeable consequences reduced California's forests and grasslands. --Publisher.