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

Posted In Sand Mining

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…

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…

Photo courtesy of: © Denis Delestrac

Tags: ,

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

    Officials confirm some Kailua Beach Park sand is going to city golf courses


    October 23rd, 2016

    Kailua residents are demanding answers after a dump truck filled with sand was spotted leaving Kailua Beach Park and heading to town. Residents say it was all the more suspect because of the Kuhio Beach erosion headlines at the same time.

    Read More

    West Africa Is Being Swallowed by the Sea


    October 22nd, 2016

    Encroaching waters off the coast of Togo, Ghana, Mauritania, and others are destroying homes, schools, fish, and a way of life.

    Read More

    South Africa: Authorities Finally Move Against Australian Sand Mining Company


    October 20th, 2016

    Tormin’s mining practice, which deviated significantly from the original environmental authorisation provisions of the mining license, has been in the spotlight since the mine began operations in March 2014. These include the construction of structures on the beach zone, mining directly on the beaches, and questions about a massive collapse of the sea cliffs below the mine processing plant.

    Read More

    Sand Mining Threatens Homes In Duazon, Liberia


    October 18th, 2016

    People investing thousands of dollars in residential buildings near the Atlantic Beach in Duazon risk losing their properties as a result of rampant sand mining there.

    Read More

    The Rising Environmental Toll Of China’s Offshore Island Grab


    October 13th, 2016

    To stake its claim in the strategic South China Sea, China is building airstrips, ports, and other facilities on disputed islands and reefs. Scientists say the activities are destroying key coral reef ecosystems and will heighten the risks of a fisheries collapse in the region.

    Read More

    Indians at risk of flooding powerless to stem the tide of illegal sand mining


    October 10th, 2016

    As rising sea levels threaten to engulf homes along the shores of Tamil Nadu state, locals fear the erosion of the coastline is due to the illegal sand trade.

    Read More

    Illegal sand mining — the open secret of a multi-million crore scam, India


    October 7th, 2016

    India’s booming 157 billion dollar construction sector is expected to grow in the coming years. This means that the demand for sand and other minor minerals will increase as well, making it more difficult for the government to curb the methodical and unlawful abuse of riverbeds and coastal areas.

    Read More

    Belgium is to build its first artificial island off the coast, as climate change mitigation


    October 4th, 2016

    Amid rising seas, Belgium plans on building an artificial island off its coast, in a step towards climate change mitigation. 8 millions euros have been provided in funding of the project study.

    Read More

    Archive / Sand Mining