Underground and Radioactive: Adventures of a Uranium Miner in 1970s New Mexico

Underground and Radioactive: Adventures of a Uranium Miner in 1970s New Mexico

by R.D. Saunders

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Capturing for posterity the vanishing world of uranium mining, this candid memoir recounts the author's adventures and misadventures working underground in 1970s New Mexico, the "Uranium Capital of the World." Detailed descriptions of the tools, methods and hazards of uranium mining, along with character sketches and entertaining anecdotes, provide a colorful glimpse of a bygone way of life--drilling, blasting and mucking the sandstone of the Grants mineral belt in the San Juan Basin.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476628851
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 05/15/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 220
File size: 7 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

R.D. Saunders is a retired economist living in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Prologue 6
School Days 7
What Next? 13
The New Hand 24
Camping 33
Orientation 36
The Underground 44
Moving Up 67
Progress 77
Attempted Rape 81
A Place to Call Home 85
Miner’s Helper 89
Down the Chute 94
The Iron Blossom 99
Revenge 103
The Sandman 112
A Glimpse of the Future 116
Encino 120
Cal 123
Alone 139
Darkness 161
Ghost in the Stope 164
Ana Maria 175
Fuzzmobile 182
Beginning of the End 191
End of the Line 194
Aftermath 201
Epilogue 204
Mining Terminology 207
Index 209

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