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Prospecting for gold during the California gold rush was a relatively easy task, because of erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and ancient, gold-bearing riverbeds thrust to the surface by volcanic activity put gold literally within reach for anybody with a pan or shovel.

A. because of erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and ancient, gold-bearing riverbeds thrust to the surface by volcanic activity put gold literally within reach for
B. because of erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and volcanic activity that thrust ancient, gold-bearing riverbeds to the surface, and putting gold literally within reach of
C. owing to erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and volcanic activity that had thrust ancient, gold-bearing riverbeds to the surface, and putting gold literally within reach of
D. since erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and volcanic activity that thrust ancient, gold-bearing riverbeds to the surface, putting gold literally within reach for
E. since erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and ancient, gold-bearing riverbeds thrust to the surface by volcanic activity put gold literally within reach of
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23 Sep 2004, 22:41
I will go with the 'because of' construction. with that, b/w A and B,
B is more clear.

Some notes from dictionary.com: Because (by cause) is the strongest and most emphatic; as, I hid myself because I was afraid. Since is less formal and more incidental than because; as, I will do it since you request me. It more commonly begins a sentence; as, Since your decision is made, I will say no more.
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23 Sep 2004, 22:49
Hi I think it is E

Let's simplify the SC
A> A was easy task because of X,Y,Z put gold within reach of M
Z is not parallel to X and Y ... doesnt look correct!
B> A was easy task because of X,Y,Z and putting gold ...
Doesnt look good either (wrong structure) though X/Y/Z is parallel....

However if we look at E>
A was easy task since X,Y,Z put gold within reach of M ... sounds correct and X/Y/Z also parallel!
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23 Sep 2004, 23:25
marine wrote:
Prospecting for gold during the California gold rush was a relatively easy task, because of erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and ancient, gold-bearing riverbeds thrust to the surface by volcanic activity put gold literally within reach for anybody with a pan or shovel.

A. because of erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and ancient, gold-bearing riverbeds thrust to the surface by volcanic activity put gold literally within reach for
B. because of erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and volcanic activity that thrust ancient, gold-bearing riverbeds to the surface, and putting gold literally within reach of
C. owing to erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and volcanic activity that had thrust ancient, gold-bearing riverbeds to the surface, and putting gold literally within reach of
D. since erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and volcanic activity that thrust ancient, gold-bearing riverbeds to the surface, putting gold literally within reach for
E. since erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and ancient, gold-bearing riverbeds thrust to the surface by volcanic activity put gold literally within reach of

So....E
should be 'reach of'...eliminate A,D
owing -> hmmm...don't like it....C no good
B...'and putting'...no good....
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24 Sep 2004, 09:15
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Hi I think it is E

Let's simplify the SC
A> A was easy task because of X,Y,Z put gold within reach of M
Z is not parallel to X and Y ... doesnt look correct!
B> A was easy task because of X,Y,Z and putting gold ...
Doesnt look good either (wrong structure) though X/Y/Z is parallel....

However if we look at E>
A was easy task since X,Y,Z put gold within reach of M ... sounds correct and X/Y/Z also parallel!

Agree with Srijay's explanation. Will go with E.
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24 Sep 2004, 19:12
OA is E
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25 Sep 2004, 06:13
Between reach for and reach of, is there something "gmat idiomatic" ?
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