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miles
underground
it sleeps
while men
in saloons
forget they
have to mine
and crush
fifty tons ore
before pumping
particles into
cyanide lake
to realize but
a sparkling
ounce

Source: Lecture by geologist Tim Elam at the Kern County Historical Society, November 19, 2011.

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