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The Perils of Gold Mining 'A Wedding Ring Produces 20 Tons of Waste'

The high dollar price of gold isn't the only cost: Mining for the precious metal around the world causes significant loss of land, contaminates groundwater supplies and leaves behind toxic waste that often ends up in the ocean. In a SPIEGEL interview, mining expert Keith Slack demands cleaner mining methods.
The collateral damage caused by the gold ring on your finger: "There are no proper environmental standards."

The collateral damage caused by the gold ring on your finger: "There are no proper environmental standards."

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