The California Gold Rush by Linda Thompson

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Flog - To beat with a rod or whip. foresight - The act or power of seeing or understanding in advance. forty-niner - A person taking part in the 1849 California Gold Rush. geologist - One who studies the history of the Earth, especially as recorded in rocks. 0648 gram in the metric system. groundwater - Water within the Earth that supplies wells and springs. headrace - A channel that carries water into an industrial facility such as a mill. Hispanic - Relating to Spanish or SpanishAmerican people living in the United States.

Bits of gold were then recovered from the loose gravel. This practice damaged rivers, harbors, and farmland by washing huge amounts of soil and gravel into the lowlands. Farmers had to fight the mining com(Above) a man using a nozzle to spray water. panies in court to save (Below) the pipe leading their lands. from the tank runs water to the sluice or nozzle. 34 Hydraulic mining causes major environmental problems. In 1852, the peak year of the Gold Rush, the mining companies took more than $81 million worth of gold from the foothills.

Immigrant - A person who moves into a country from somewhere else. immigration - Movement into one country or place from another. inaugural - Marking a beginning; relating to ceremonies that initiate someone into office. lease - A rental contract; a piece of land or property that is leased. lode - A rich ore deposit. long tom - Nickname for a long sluice box used in placer mining. lynch - To put to death (as by hanging) by mob action rather than by law. magma - Melted rock material within the Earth.

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