Arsenic Mines

Off-highway vehicle drivers, who provide the bulk of tourism to the area, prepare to leave the general store after having lunch in Randsburg, 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)