Is There Gold in the Black-Sand Beaches of Costa Rica?

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Dec
21

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Beach erosion, Costa Rica. Photo courtesy of: © Denis Delestrac

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One of the most anticipated Hollywood films of 2013 has a curious connection to Costa Rica, Florida, Wall Street, and an outlandish financial scam. The film is The Wolf of Wall Street, a biopic directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort. The connection is Ira Lee Sorkin, a renowned attorney who once represented Joel Nadel, a man who once promoted Goldcor, a company that claimed it could extract gold from beach sand in Costa Rica.

The different-colored sands of Guanacaste’s beaches in the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica are the stuff of legend.

The relation between black sand and gold prospecting predates the arrival of Spanish conquistadors to the Americas…

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Photo courtesy of: © Denis Delestrac

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