Episode 66: Communicating Toxic Legacies
The site of the former Giant Mine near Yellowknife, Northwest Territories holds a toxic, deadly legacy. The abandoned gold mine left behind 237,000 tonnes of arsenic trioxide held underground. The hazardous by-product of gold mining at this site is kept stored beneath the Earth through artificial freezing. It will remain toxic for thousands of years.
The latest paper for Papers in Canadian History and Environment by John Sandlos, Arn Keeling, Caitlynn Beckett, and Rosanna Nicol titled, “There is a Monster Under the Ground: Commemorating the History of Arsenic Contamination at Giant Mine” examines this history and the challenge of communicating the dangers of the arsenic contamination to future generations.
This episode features an interview with John Sandlos and Caitllynn Beckett.
Aerial view, Giant Yellowknife Mine. Credit: Busse/NWT Archives/N-1979-052-1927.
Kheraj, Sean. “Episode 66: Communicating Toxic Legacies” Nature’s Past: Canadian Environmental History Podcast. 16 October 2019.
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