Behind Golds Glitter

New York Times - There has always been an element of madness to gold's allure. For thousands of years, something in the eternally lustrous metal has driven people to the outer edges of desire - to have it and hoard it, to kill or conquer for it, to possess it like a lover. In the early 1500's, King Ferdinand of Spain laid down the priorities as his conquistadors set out for the New World. "Get gold," he told them, "Humanely if possible, but at all costs, get gold."

"In that long and tortuous history, gold has now arrived at a new moment of opportunity and peril." Behind Gold's Glitter: Torn Lands and Pointed Questions is the first in a series investigating the troubled environmental legacy of industrial gold mining.


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