Multi-media Library

Online Resources

The Cost of Gold: 30 Tons an Ounce
New York Times Multimedia Presentation

The Cost of Gold: The Treasure of Yanacocha
New York Times Multimedia Presentation

The Curse of  Inca Gold, October 2005, PBS Frontline, video length 31:30

High in the Andean mountains of Peru is a gold mine, Yanacocha, run by Newmont Mining Corporation of Denver, Colorado, the largest gold mining company in the world. Once part of the Incan Empire, this land was conquered by the Spanish, who came in search of gold and silver. Descendants of the Incas remain suspicious to this day of outsiders seeking fortune here. World report on the high-stakes battle to control the world's richest gold mine. FRONTLINE/World and New York Times reporter Lowell Bergman arrives to investigate a growing conflict between the local people and the Yanacocha Mine, which has already produced $7 billion worth of gold.

Emerald City: Mines, Marketing and the Environment in Brazil
Focusing on the mining town of Campos Verde, Brazil, this short film highlights the costs and benefits of emerald mining and marketing. The film depicts the complexity of environmental and social issues involved in gemstone mining and proffers ideas on how to establish sustainable livelihoods for rural communities in Brazil.