Throughout the Gold Rush, the environment got
destroyed. Hydraulic mining was a big part of ruining the
A pipe was placed on the ground that was connected
to a water source. The water came out at high speeds and
mountainsides. The sediments that came off the mountain
polluted rivers by piling up sediments and making the rivers
overflow. This caused farmlands and towns to be washed out.
Miners needed food. Sometimes they couldn’t afford it, so
they bought guns. With the guns, the miners went hunting.
Animals are part of the environment, so killing them lessens the
supply. Then, predators won’t have food to eat. If
predators don’t have food then they will die, and their prey will be
Miners also needed housing. They chopped down trees because
of this. When the trees were taken down, animal's homes
destroyed. Mountainsides were destroyed and bleak instead of
grassy and nice. The environment got ruined during
the gold rush.