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Looking Back At One Of The Worst Ecological Disasters In The 21st Century: The Gold King Mine Spill

Looking Back At One Of The Worst Ecological Disasters In The 21st Century: The Gold King Mine Spill

Kieran McCarthy

Abandoned wooden mine shafts rot along the sides of mountains and waterfalls that otherwise might belong on a postcard. The remnants of rope-suspension bridges dangle in the breeze. The same mustard shade of oxidized chemicals that colors Cement Creek dots the horizon in every direction. If you have any doubt where the rusty pollutants in the rivers come from, all you have to do is look up.