EMSC GOld Rush - EMSC 150 Homework #2- Environmental Impact...

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EMSC 150 – Homework #2- Environmental Impact of the Gold Rush The Gold Rush A. The Beginning 1. The Gold Rush started at Sutter's Mill, near Coloma, on January 24, 1848. James W. Marshall, a foreman working for Sacramento pioneer John Sutter, found pieces of shiny metal in the tailrace of a lumber mill Marshall was building for Sutter, along the American River. a. Waves of immigrants from around the world, later called the "forty-niners," invaded the Gold Country of California or "Mother Lode." b. San Francisco had been a tiny settlement before the rush began. When residents learned of the discovery, it at first became a ghost town of abandoned ships and businesses whose owners joined the Gold Rush, [8] but it then boomed as merchants and new people arrived. B. Gold Recovery Techniques 1. Panning a. It could not be done on a large scale so another form of retrieving gold had to be created. 2. Hydraulic Mining
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This note was uploaded on 05/29/2008 for the course EM SC 150 taught by Professor Rostami,jamal during the Fall '08 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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EMSC GOld Rush - EMSC 150 Homework #2- Environmental Impact...

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