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

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


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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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…

Photo courtesy of: © Denis Delestrac

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