The Gold Rush’s Impact on the Environment
California Gold Rush had a huge impact on the environment. When the
miners did hydraulic mining, blasting pressurized water on a mountain,
they eroded it causing massive rivers of mud and sediment. The miners
did hydraulic mining because all rivers start at mountains, and the
rivers had gold meaning the mountains also had gold. To take the gold
out of the mountain they did hydraulic mining which led to California’s
first environmental protection law to stop hydraulic mining.
coyote mining had an impact on the environment. Coyote
mining was when the miners dug 100 feet to 250 feet until the bedrock
to get gold. They also strained all the gold from all the dirt they dug
up and used rocker boxes or long toms. This had an impact on the
environment because miners destroyed the land by making
holes. It also made the land more dangerous as people fell into the holes.
The miners themselves impacted the
environment. With their cigars and tobacco, the miners polluted the
environment by spitting tobacco on the ground, and causing smoke fumes
with their cigars. They also increased the population in many cities
affecting the environment. In San Francisco so many people came that
the homes had to be built side to side and many lumber workers had to
be hired to build houses by the day. To do this trees had to be cut
down to get lumber. Since many tree were cut down, animals had to leave
their natural habitat. We conclude that the environment had good and
bad impacts on California.
California Gold Rush had a huge impact on the environment.