Download e-book for kindle: A Kennecott Story: Three Mines, Four Men, and One Hundred by Charles Caldwell Hawley

By Charles Caldwell Hawley

ISBN-10: 1607813696

ISBN-13: 9781607813699

While copper turns out much less glamorous than gold, it can be way more vital. Copper proved important to the economic revolution and vital for electrification of the United States. Kennecott Copper company, at one time the biggest manufacturer of copper on this planet, therefore performed a key function in monetary and commercial improvement. This e-book recounts how Kennecott was once shaped from the merger of 3 mining operations (one in Alaska, one in Utah, and one in Chile), the way it led the best way in mining applied sciences, and the way it used to be in flip laid low with the financial system and politics of the day.

     because it strains the tale of the 3 mines, the narrative follows 4 mining engineers—Stephen Birch, Daniel Cowan Jackling, William Burford Braden, and E. Toppan Stannard—self-made males whose technological ingenuity used to be liable for a lot of Kennecott’s good fortune. whereas Jackling constructed economies of scale for enormous open-pit mining in Utah, Braden went underground in Chile for a caving operation of unheard of scale for copper. in the meantime, Birch and Stannard overcame the intense demanding situations of mining wealthy ore within the tough weather of Alaska and transporting it to marketplace. The Guggenheims, who introduced those 3 operations jointly supplied the investment with out which the infrastructure invaluable for the mining operations will possibly not were outfitted. The railroad required for the Alaska mine on my own expense greater than 3 times what the USA had paid to shop for all of Alaska merely forty-five years earlier.

     As a geologist with first-hand wisdom of mining, writer Charles Hawley aptly describes the expertise at the back of the Kennecott tale in a manner that either experts and the final reader will relish. via enticing tales and pertinent info, he areas Kennecott and the copper inside their historic context and in addition permits the reader to contemplate the arguable facets of mineral discovery and sustainability in a crowded international the place assets are limited. 

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