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Alexandria Herr

Alexandria Herr

Alexandria Herr is a Ph.D. student in Geography at UCLA and an award-winning environmental journalist. You can find her writing in Slate, Grist, Capital and Main, the Oxford Review of Books and elsewhere.

Alexandria Herr
An oil rig stands at a site while a plane lands in the distance.
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What is a Sacrifice Zone? The Environmental Racism of Oil Drilling in L.A.

For decades, communities of color have fought against unequal exposure to oil drilling and other environmental harms. Recent policies to phase out drilling and require buffer zones are victories, but the battle is still ongoing.
The pit at Malakoff Diggins during heyday of hydraulic mining. | Wikimedia Commons/Watkins Photo-Bancroft Neg. #8111/Creative Commons/Public Domain
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Earth Focus

Mercury in Our Waters: The 10,000-Year Legacy of California’s Gold Rush

Though the Gold Rush ended over a century ago, thousands of abandoned mine sites and mine sediments, which were never properly reclaimed, have continued to leech mercury into California's environment and will continue to do so for the next 10,000 years.
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