49 (ers)

The Gold Rush drew a massive global migration to California in 1849.  Those seekers were called 49ers. For a Powers of 10 project, you could make a global map that showed the vast distances people traveled to get to California.  You could focus on San Francisco and see how the city changed in population, and economics by several powers of 10.  You could pick an invention for mining gold that raised productivity for the individual but changed the environment around him.

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