Mass Destruction: The Men and Giant Mines That Wired America by Timothy J. LeCain PDF

By Timothy J. LeCain

The place: The steep mountains outdoor Salt Lake urban. The time: the 1st decade of the 20 th century. The man: Daniel Jackling, a tender metallurgical engineer. The goal: A daring new expertise that can supply billions of kilos of inexpensive copper for a quickly electrifying the US. The result: Bingham's huge, immense "Glory Hole," the 1st large-scale open-pit copper mine, a major chasm within the earth and one of many greatest humanmade artifacts on this planet. Mass Destruction is the compelling tale of Jackling and the improvement of open-pit difficult rock mining, its position within the wiring of an electrified the United States, in addition its devastating environmental consequences.

Mass destruction mining quickly unfold round the state and the globe, offering uncooked fabrics necessary to the mass construction and mass intake that more and more outlined the rising "American manner of life." on the sunrise of the final century, Jackling's open pit changed great yet constricted underground mines that probed approximately a mile underneath the earth, to turn into the last word image of the fashionable religion that technology and know-how may perhaps triumph over all typical limits. a brand new tradition of mass destruction emerged that promised approximately countless offers not just of copper, but additionally of coal, trees, fish, and different ordinary resources.

But, what have been the consequences? Timothy J. LeCain deftly analyzes how open-pit mining maintains to impact the surroundings in its ongoing devastation of nature and commodification of the actual international. The nation's biggest poisonous Superfund website will be one influence, in addition to different varieties of environmental lifeless zones world wide. but this present day, because the world's inhabitants races towards American degrees of source intake, actually doable choices to the know-how of mass destruction haven't but emerged.

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