Arsenic Mines

Richard Forester of the Bureau Of Land Management opens the gate to the Kelly Mine, which has been completely fenced off, near Red Mountain, Calif., Jan. 18, 2008. In the century since prospectors abandoned the mountains of tailings near 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)