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

Posted In Sand Mining
Dec
21

costa-rica-denis-delestrac
Beach erosion, Costa Rica. Photo courtesy of: © Denis Delestrac

Excerpts;

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…

Read Full Article, Costa Rica Star

Let’s Talk About Sand: Denis Delestrac At TEDxBarcelona
Denis Delestrac latest feature documentary, “Sand Wars” is an epic eco-thriller that takes the audience around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: we are running out of sand! In this TEDxBarcelona talk, he explains us where sand comes from and where it ends up…

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac
Is beach sand an infinite resource? Can the existing supply satisfy a gigantic demand fueled by construction booms? What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining for the environment and the neighboring populations…? This investigation takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: the “Sand Wars” have begun…

sand-denis-delestrac
Photo courtesy of: © Denis Delestrac

Related Posts

Tags: ,

Post comment

Sand Mining

You can make a difference and help save our beaches

Learn simple things that you can do to help protect beaches starting with simply educating others about the beach thereby helping us celebrate the beauty of the world’s beaches.


Join our campaign!

Sign the petition to end global sand mining.


  • Sand Mining Resources

  • More / Sand Mining

    Caofeidian, The Chinese Eco-City That Became a Ghost Town – In Pictures

    caofeidian-tangshan-bohai-bay

    July 28th, 2014

    “As precious as gold … That was how then-president Hu Jintao described Caofeidian during his visit in 2006. It was pledged to be ‘the world’s first fully realised eco-city’ – yet 10 years and almost $100bn later, only a few thousand inhabitants have moved to this land reclaimed from the sea …”

    Read More

    Lower Fish Haul Due To Sand Mining, Malaysia

    malaysia-fishermen

    July 15th, 2014

    Hundreds of fishermen, in Selangor State, are facing huge financial losses after their monthly catch is slashed by half over the last three months allegedly because of sand mining near their fishing spot.

    Read More

    The Government Is Lying About Stradbroke Island Sand Mining

    north-stradbroke

    July 15th, 2014

    The Newman Government has misled the media and the public over its amendments to North Stradbroke Island sand mining legislation.

    Read More

    Lawlessness in UP: Sand Mafias Thrive Without Shroud Of Fear

    sand-mining-river-banks

    July 5th, 2014

    The practice of illegal mining is common in the entire state of Uttar Pradesh, India, along the riverbeds as there is constant demand for sand. The builders in the region are always on the lookout for cheap sand which comes from a mafia that illegally mines the riverbed.

    Read More

    Feds Decide Against Dredged Sand On NC island

    horse-dune-nc

    July 1st, 2014

    The National Park Service has backed off its proposal to use dredged sand to fight erosion on North Carolina’s Shackleford Banks, pleasing both environmentalists, who want to maintain the barrier island’s pristine condition, and local beach town officials, who want the sand for their shores.

    Read More

    Liberia’s Poor and the Rising Sea

    monrovia

    June 25th, 2014

    A report on the threat to the environment in Liberia released by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) states that erosion in this West African country is causing the shoreline to recede in some cities, including Buchanan, Greenville, Harper and Robertsport, and that beach sand mining is also said to be the main contributing factor.

    Read More

    Taranaki Seabed Mining Application Declined

    sand-hand-print

    June 18th, 2014

    An application to mine ironsands off the south Taranaki coast has been declined. In today’s decision, the New Zealand Environmental Protection Agency said the major reason for refusing consent was the uncertainty around the scope and significance of potential environmental effects.

    Read More

    New Zealand May Kick Start Race To Mine The Ocean Floor

    patea-new-zealand-sand-mining

    June 17th, 2014

    New Zealand decides tomorrow whether to approve to mine the black sands off the oceanfloor in the southern Taranaki Bight, that would likely become the world’s first commercial metals mine at the bottom of the sea.

    Read More

    Archive / Sand Mining