By Charles Caldwell Hawley
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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A Kennecott Story: Three Mines, Four Men, and One Hundred Years, 1887-1997 by Charles Caldwell Hawley