As I was going through my RSS feeds I stumbled across this fascinatingly beautiful post simply entitled: Gold a news story told predominantly through a series of striking photos. The post published on Boston.com, looks at how the pursuit of gold has become so central worldwide, an obsession that extends far past just the sporting world.
“The pursuit of gold medals has athletes and fans focused
on the Olympic games in London,
but the pursuit of gold is a worldwide obsession
that extends far beyond the realm of sport.”
– Lane Turner
Worldwide there are million of miners dredging, mining and panning in operations of varying sizes, these procedures often putting miners at great risk. The processing of gold using cyanide and other chemicals creates very dangerous environmental hazards, the chemicals incredibly toxic to humans. And whilst the results are undeniably beautiful, one can’t help but wonder is gold in all its glistening beauty really worth it? The more I think about it, the more I find myself doubting whether it really is.
The magnificent, illustrative photos below, just a few from the photographic story “Gold-The Big Picture” on Boston.com; which truly capture people going for gold and all the risks and glory which come with it.
So what is your verdict? Is the world’s obsession with gold justified? Is it essential to society? And is gold in all its glittering glory really worth endangering lives and our environment?