Changing Mines in America

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"A bumper sticker says it all: "If it isn't grown, it has to be mined." Americans appetite for the good life is apparently insatiable, as the nation's annual consumption of newly mined materials is more than 47,000 pounds per person. Without minerals there would be no radiation therapy for cancer; no refrigerators or satellites; no toasters, toothpaste, or kitty litter. A single telephone requires up to forty-two different minerals, thirty-five for a television, and thirty for a personal computer. Without the steel manufactured from mined iron ...
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Overview

"A bumper sticker says it all: "If it isn't grown, it has to be mined." Americans appetite for the good life is apparently insatiable, as the nation's annual consumption of newly mined materials is more than 47,000 pounds per person. Without minerals there would be no radiation therapy for cancer; no refrigerators or satellites; no toasters, toothpaste, or kitty litter. A single telephone requires up to forty-two different minerals, thirty-five for a television, and thirty for a personal computer. Without the steel manufactured from mined iron and coal, there would be no cars, trucks, or trains; no high-rise buildings, no Golden Gate or Brooklyn bridges; no razor blades. Without aluminum, there would be no airplanes; without sand and gravel, no roads, without salt, no life at all." "Most Americans today view mines as little more than "waste places," as ugly scars on the landscape that have no connection to an American way of life. This is an attitude that authors Goin and Raymond attempt to correct in their new work of photography and history. After an introduction to the history of mining in America, the authors present eight visual and historical essays about diverse mining sites in Pennsylvania, Texas, Minnesota, and the far West - each of which reveals that mines are more than physical degradations; they are evolving cultural artifacts on the American landscape. As the authors conclude : "Mined landscapes will never be pristine places, but they are hardly alone in that. The industry remains essential for our current standard of living. Given the American appetite for the products of mining, it behooves us to understand and appreciate both the intricacy and the physical and social legacies of their production."" Changing Mines in America will appeal to general and academic readers interested in photography and the American landscape.
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Geographical Review - Geoffrey L. Buckley
"Raymond's essays are . . . tightly constructed and superbly written. . . . Goin's images, which are creatively integrated with the text, are as beguiling as they are striking. Much the same can be said for the historical prints interspersed throughout the book.. . . . Anyone searching for the trail that connects our landscapes of mineral production with our landscapes of consumption will likely find the essays and photographs in Changing Mines in America absorbing and thought-provoking."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930066120
  • Publisher: Columbia College Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 10.75 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue : mining the visual
Introduction : waste places? : mining and the American landscape
Ch. 1 Recycling the mining landscape : Minnesota's Mesabi iron range 3
Ch. 2 Living in anthracite : legacies of mining in Wyoming Valley, Pennsylvania 33
Ch. 3 "Nobody around here glows" : uranium's ambiguous aftermath in Karnes County, Texas 57
Ch. 4 "It's all in the mine" : the radon health mines of Boulder-Basin, Montana 75
Ch. 5 World's biggest hole : creating and re-creating Bingham Canyon, Utah 97
Ch. 6 Mining illusions : the case of Rawhide, Nevada 117
Ch. 7 A mine is a terrible thing to waste : Eagle Mountain, California 141
Ch. 8 Physical graffiti : variant versions of American Flat, Nevada 163
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