Yukon: A modern-day gold rush threatens North America’s last great wilderness
Yukon: Canada’s Wild West – In National Geographic’s February Issue
By Tom Clynes http://tomclynes.com/yukon-canadas-wild-west/
As the material needs of the world’s seven billion people continue to grow, the rush to exploit the Yukon’s exceptionally rich resources—gold, zinc, copper, and more—has brought prosperity to a once forsaken corner of the continent. But the boom has brought to the fore a growing tension between those who would keep one of North America’s last great wildernesses unbroken and those whose success depends on digging it up.