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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 commercial revolution and critical for electrification of the US. Kennecott Copper company, at one time the biggest manufacturer of copper on the planet, hence performed a key function in fiscal and business improvement. This publication 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 was once in flip laid low with the financial system and politics of the day.

     because it lines 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 luck. whereas Jackling constructed economies of scale for enormous open-pit mining in Utah, Braden went underground in Chile for a caving operation of remarkable scale for copper. in the meantime, Birch and Stannard overcame the extraordinary demanding situations of mining wealthy ore within the tricky weather of Alaska and transporting it to industry. The Guggenheims, who introduced those 3 operations jointly supplied the investment with out which the infrastructure precious for the mining operations will possibly not were outfitted. The railroad required for the Alaska mine on my own fee greater than thrice what the USA had paid to shop for all of Alaska in basic terms forty-five years earlier.

     As a geologist with first-hand wisdom of mining, writer Charles Hawley aptly describes the know-how at the back of the Kennecott tale in a fashion that either experts and the overall reader will delight in. via attractive tales and pertinent information, he locations Kennecott and the copper inside their ancient context and likewise permits the reader to contemplate the arguable facets of mineral discovery and sustainability in a crowded global the place assets are limited. 

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