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May 4, 2013 in City
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In this March 2009 photo, hollow white plastic mine claim markers extend far into the distance in the Monte Cristo Range in western Nevada.

Associated Press photo

Dead bluebirds are found at the bottom of a hole created by a hollow white plastic mine claim marker in central Nevada.