Yoke of Gold

The history of gold – that is, the history of gold extracted from the planet surface – is inextricably linked with human history. Gold has always been as much a shining harness as a coveted bauble. It has so many qualities we would like to think we ourselves possess: It’s rare but not lonely and…

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Watery Treasure

Draining swamps and wetlands has, over the course of human civilization, been seen as a way to grasp land from the greedy waters that cover most of the Earth’s surface. Add to this that much of the drained, reclaimed land is then conveniently located on prime river or coastal property, and the terrestrial inclination to…

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