Zombie Mines and the (Over)burden of History

Sandlos, John and Keeling, Arn (2013) Zombie Mines and the (Over)burden of History. The Solutions Journal, 4 (3).

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In humanity’s relentless search for the industrial minerals that undergird our modern technology and economy, we have extensively and comprehensively ravaged natural landscapes. Sites like the Berkeley Pit in Montana or Western Australia’s Kalgoorlie Super Pit exemplify the awesome scale of these transformations. Indeed, as an industry quip has it, mining is primarily a waste management business. Mineral solid waste accounts for the largest proportion of total global industrial waste production, and mining often generates toxic by-products ranging from heavy metals to process chemicals like cyanide. The effects of these wastes may persist long after mine closure and abandonment, requiring long-term care and maintenance. Under pressure from governments and environmental groups in recent decades, the industry has begun to address these considerable and controversial legacies of extractive development.

Item Type: Article
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/1968
Item ID: 1968
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > History
Date: June 2013
Date Type: Publication
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