The landscape was not only destroyed by hydraulic mining, miners also used dangerous chemicals that still leave effects on California today. Miners used chemicals, such as mercury, to extract the gold from quartz and stone. However, mercury is very hazardous and leaves behind toxic chemicals that threaten people today. The mercury can get in water sources and poison the people. Miners during the Gold Rush were never thinking about the
I. The California Gold Rush is one of the most known gold rushes in the U.S. The phenomenon was started by James Marshall when he found gold in the American River and he said “My heart thumped for I knew it was gold.” Because of his findings the California Gold Rush was born in 1848, then died seven years later in 1855. During these seven years California accumulated over 300,000 people that left their homes to mine for gold. If the gold rush never happened California would most likely belong to Mexico.
As stated in ABC7 San Francisco’s article “The Environmental Results of the California Gold Rush,” mercury that was used to extract gold from quartz, a method known as hard rock mining, has resulted in modern-day California having “millions of pounds of mercury” in their environment. Another method used to mine gold was hydraulic mining (Fryska 6). Rocks were blasted away through fast-moving water in order to reveal the repressed rock (Fryska 6). In order for this to work successfully, much water is required. “Massive systems of levees
Some terrains and environments made the journey hard and possibly deadly.The National Oregon/California Trail Center says that “Crossing rivers were probably the most dangerous thing pioneers did. Swollen rivers could tip over and drown both people and oxen.”There were many rivers to cross during the long ride, and crossing them was the only way to get around the rivers. These accidents were almost unavoidable. Dry weather made the goings tough and not pleasant. “The intense heat of the prairie caused wood to shrink, and wagon wheels had to be soaked in rivers at night to keep their iron rims from rolling off during the day...Emigrant’s lips blistered and split in the dry air, and their only remedy was to rub axle grease on them.” The dry and hot air had the time to go west even greater than it should had because of little annoyances.
After President Polk confirmed the rumors of gold in California in 1848 (Oakland Museum Staff), around 250,000 people came to California in seek of the soft metal that could lead to a fortune: gold (The forty-niners). The California Gold Rush not only presented fortune, it presented a new idea of the American Dream: “‘one where the emphasis was on the ability to take risks and the willingness to gamble
The California Gold Rush influenced California, as well as the whole result of our country. It made the development of our country into Western America and California. It brought one of the biggest and possibly craziest mass movements in history. It brought a huge number of Americans (and nonnatives) to run to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada's keeping in mind the desire of striking it rich. The gold rush shaped California history.
Undoubtedly one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history, The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, set the stage for understanding earths forces and how to handle them effectively. San Francisco's transformation into a destroyed city, effective response to wide-spread disaster, and expensive reconstruction were all hurtles for the city to climb back to its previous economic power. Despite these challenges, San Francisco was able to rebuild itself into an even greater and more advanced power. The 1906 earthquake gave way to developments that continue to have a positive effect in today's society. Following the start of California's Gold Rush in 1848, San Francisco rose to power as the largest and most successful city on the West Coast.
A wise man once said, “There is nothing in the world more beautiful than a gold nugget.” This was the mindset of all of those people who traveled from far and wide just for a shot at finding that “gold nugget” during the California Gold Rush. There was exponential and colossal beauty seen in gold, which did not reference its external or physical appearance, but the beauty was so prominent because of the meaning the gold represented. When a man would find gold, every risk he and his family had taken, from the long journey to California, to being oppressed by other cultures, to even risking an early death would finally be worth something. The locating of gold was so powerful to a family because it promised new beginnings, a new life, wealth, and hope for the future.
The California Gold Rush was a rush of people in search of gold in California. The gold was discovered in the Sacramento Valley in early 1848 which sparked the gold rush. The rush was a huge influence in how America was shaped into what it is today. It shaped California into what it is today. Without this gold rush California would be like it is today but it would have taken way more years and it wouldn’t be such a diversely populated state.
Mercury in Fish Mercury, Despite the fact that it is highly toxic, it has been used in widely around the world in situations such as extracting gold and in products such as thermometers. Although the world is working hard to cut down mercury, it remains as a major problem. (Royal Society of Chemistry N.D.) Mercury is an artificial chemical element, a metal created by human beings. It was originally introduced by Spain and was then widely used around the world to extract gold. In modern days, China and Kyrgyzstan produce the most amount of mercury in the world through serving as catalysts in chemical industries and being used in electrical switches and rectifiers.