Miners use mercury to separate gold from rock while they inhale toxic vapors during the refining process. A gram of gold may fetch $35 for a miner while adding a potentially heavy cost to his health including neurological and genetic damage.
- RANDY OLSON
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- The Price of GOLD_National Geographic magazine_1/2009