The quest for gold has ravaged countless landscapes around the world, and miniature gold rushes are now exacting a high ecological toll in places such as the Amazon and far eastern Siberia. Richard Manning, an environmental journalist, covers different ground in One Round River
, a case study of a gold consortium's campaign to open a mine on the Big Blackfoot River of Montana. Such a mine, he writes, would effectively destroy the river for the short-term gain of just a few people. His argument is cogent and convincing; One Round River
is a fine case study of the struggle to preserve wild places.
From Library Journal
In this account of his attempt to stop a proposed gold mine near his Montana home, environmental author Manning (Grassland, LJ 7/95) examines the cyclic nature of rivers. The mine site in question is adjacent to the Big Blackfoot River, immortalized by Norman Maclean's A River Runs Through It, and would use the hazardous but increasingly common method of cyanide leaching to extract the gold. Manning examines the history of extractive resources with an emphasis on gold mining both worldwide and in Montana, and he attempts to understand our long-standing fascination with the mineral. The author does a very good job of describing the practices of modern mining and putting the environmental, social, and political effects into perspective. He is also honest about his own bias, not merely as a resident of the area but as a concerned environmental advocate. Recommended for all Western natural history and environmental collections.?Tim Markus, Evergreen State Coll. Lib., Olympia, Wash.
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