Arsenic Mines

The 150-foot high tailings from the Descarga Mill are carved by wind, rain and off-highway vehicle tracks, behind a fence and a sign with misspelled "liar" graffiti added, near Randsburg, Calif., 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)

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