March 2, 2009
Illegal Miners, Ghana
Photograph by Randy Olson
This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features
Fevered by hopes of striking it rich, illegal miners claw sacks of "money stone"—gold ore—from the Pra River in Ghana. Their toil feeds the world's hunger for gold, and leaves a ruined landscape in its wake.
See more photographs from the January 2009 feature story "Gold."