Gold mining (19th century)

Gold mining (19th century)

The California Gold Rush started in 1848, near San Francisco.

History

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Scenes

  • - The amount of gold extracted in California between 1848 and 1953: approx. 17.31 m³ (611.3 cu ft)
  • - Total amount of gold extracted until 2014: approx. 8,000 m³ (282,517.3 cu ft)
  • 20 m (65.6 ft)
  • 2.6 m (2.6 ft)

  • - The amount of gold extracted in California between 1848 and 1953: approx. 17.31 m³ (611.3 cu ft)
  • - Total amount of gold extracted until 2014: approx. 8,000 m³ (282,517.3 cu ft)
  • 20 m (65.6 ft)
  • 2.6 m (2.6 ft)

Narration

Gold is a yellow, highly lustrous soft metal. It can be found in nature in its native form. It is rare, but it is probably the best known precious metal, having been a symbol of wealth since the beginning of history. It has been used as a raw material for jewelry and coinage since ancient times. People's hunger for gold has erupted from time to time, with the search for gold growing extremely intense.

This is called a gold rush, since the discovery of a new large gold deposit triggers off a rush of crowds of prospectors. A few lucky ones find their fortune, but the majority lose all their possessions.

This animation takes us back to the California Gold Rush, which began in 1848 on the west coast of the U.S. and lasted until 1855. In the first few years, prospectors used simple techniques and tools. They extracted gold from the soil and rock layers of hillsides, from underground gold veins and from alluvial deposits. The gold was separated from the rubble as they washed it in pans, rockers or sluices.

The continuously improved techniques and tools made the work ever more efficient. According to estimates, three quarters of Earth's gold deposits have been extracted by the present day.

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