Arsenic Mines

Tailings from a large mound have washed downstream, then dried, from mining operations in Red Mountain, Calif., are seen, Jan. 18, 2008. In the century since prospectors abandoned the mountains of tailings near beside this old desert mining camp, winds have carried away more than just handfuls of California history. Soil samples have revealed arsenic levels thousands of times higher than what is considered acceptable. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)