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To: Lady Lucky
That is a sad case for sure, but that one cannot be totally blamed on mother nature, mining lead would be the main culprit due to runoff from the mining.. Many years ago the effects of lead were not known...I think it was outlawed in paint around the 1970's Lead poisoning has devastating consequences...even children eating paint chips that flake off of older homes that still had lead paint on the structure...

This sounds dumb I have never heard of mining for lead..but then there are millions of things I haven't heard of...:O)

Now mining/panning for gold is something I would like to do..on my bucket list but am too old to do it now...Always wanted to hire some old prospector and a mule in Alaska, grub stake him for the summer and have him take me out panning for gold.. Have gone diamond mining in Arkansas, but didn't find any diamonds...Arkansas has the only diamond area, state park that you can go and dig for diamonds...over the years some big one's have been found. The big canary diamond Hilliary Clinton wore to the inaugural ball is a diamond found at the diamond mine state park...If you find one, they will buy it off you on the spot. You take all the minerals/stones you find to their expert and they will tell you what you have.

31 posted on 12/06/2011 9:04:09 AM PST by goat granny (.)
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To: goat granny
If they didn't mine lead, we couldn't have this:

When the English colonized the Atlantic seaboard, one of the first things the settlers did was look for and mine lead. They'd melt them down to make these:

for this:

35 posted on 12/06/2011 10:29:35 AM PST by Alas Babylon!
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