The Riches Beneath our Feet: How Mining Shaped Britain

The Riches Beneath our Feet: How Mining Shaped Britain

by Geoff Coyle
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199551294

ISBN-13: 9780199551293

Pub. Date: 05/26/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Lonely chimneys rising above the Cornish cliffs; Welsh slopes covered in loose slate … the landscapes of Britain resonate with its mining past. Geoff Coyle describes the astonishing variety of mineral riches that have been extracted from Britain's rocks over the centuries, and the struggles and achievements of the brace miners and engineers who devoted their

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Lonely chimneys rising above the Cornish cliffs; Welsh slopes covered in loose slate … the landscapes of Britain resonate with its mining past. Geoff Coyle describes the astonishing variety of mineral riches that have been extracted from Britain's rocks over the centuries, and the struggles and achievements of the brace miners and engineers who devoted their lives to them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199551293
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/26/2010
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Plates

1 The Achievements of Britain's Miners 1

2 Britain's Geology and Minerals 14

3 Britain's Copper and Tin Mining 31

4 Power to the Miner's Elbow 53

5 From Castle Roofs to Organ Pipes: The Lead and Zinc Mines 74

6 King Coal: Britain's Powerhouse 94

7 Building Britain: Granite, Stone, and Slate 125

8 The Salts of the Earth 143

9 Iron and Steel: The Sinews of Industry 157

10 The Riches of the Earth: Britain's Gold, Silver, and Precious Stones 171

11 Accidents and Disasters: The Price Miners Paid 180

12 Lords and Adventurers: The Mine Owners 193

13 The Mining People and Their Communities 206

14 Epitaph or Revival? The Possibilities for Britain's Mining Industries 221

Appendix The Main British Minerals 232

Bibliography 254

Index 263

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