Price of Gold, January 2009 National Geographic Magazine

The Human Cost of GOLD

Throughout civilization, gold has commanded more respect than any other substance. King Ferdinand of Spain said, "Get gold humanely if possible, but at all costs get gold."

Because of its rarity, a glittering piece of gold jewelry is an expensive purchase. That's nothing, however, compared to the price paid by those living in impoverished mining communities.

We are currently in the biggest gold rush in history. Because of...
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Created 1 May 2009 | Last updated 16 Dec 2011

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