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Alexandria Herr is a Ph.D. student in Geography at UCLA and freelance writer. You can find her writing in Slate, Grist, the Oxford Review of Books and elsewhere.

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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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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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