• Searching for Forrest Fenn's Gold

    In 2010, cancer-stricken millionaire Forrest Fenn buried a chest containing three million dollars worth of treasure somewhere in the mountains north of Santa Fe. Clues to the chest’s whereabouts are hidden in the text of a memoir and poem he published...

  • Gold Miners Are Exhuming and Trafficking Corpses in Romania

    Since 2004, the Romanian Roșia Montană Gold Corporation (RMGC) has been illegally trafficking corpses in Roșia Montană, a mountainous area in the heart of—fittingly—Transylvania. The corpses in question are buried above a vast wealth of gold that the...

  • Darfur’s Tribes are Killing One Another over Gold and Water

    For the past seven months, warring tribes and armed factions have been waging an intense conflict in North Darfur over the region’s abundant gold mines and other natural resources.

  • Why Bitcoins Are Just Like Gold

    A lot of people have difficulty wrapping their heads around what Bitcoin is or why it even has value, especially as the virtual cryptocurrency continues to scale record heights. How isn't this a Ponzi scheme? A good way to look at it is to compare...

  • The Gold Rush That Is Destroying Suriname's Rainforest

    Suriname's Krikie Nigi gold camp represents the Platonic ideal of environmental devastation. From our car window, we see mud piles, craters filled with foaming mercury-contaminated water, the occasional scorched tree. Artisanal mining crews move in...

  • Postscript

    “Does nobody understand?”