The Riches Beneath our Feet: How Mining Shaped Britain

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $10.98
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 72%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (17) from $10.98   
  • New (6) from $21.38   
  • Used (11) from $10.98   

Overview

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.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199551293
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/26/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoff Coyle graduated in mining engineering from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, University of London. He has worked underground in coal and copper mines, and qualified as a practical coal-face worker. The contraction of the coal industry led him to develop an alternative career, and after working for Imperial Chemical Industries, he became a management academic. He is now retired and a freelance academic and consultant. In writing this book he returns to his first love - the fascination of mining.

Read More Show Less

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

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)