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A Kennecott Story: Three Mines, Four Men, and One Hundred by Charles Caldwell Hawley

By Charles Caldwell Hawley

While copper turns out much less glamorous than gold, it can be way more vital. Copper proved very important to the commercial revolution and vital for electrification of the United States. Kennecott Copper company, at one time the biggest manufacturer of copper on the planet, therefore performed a key position in financial and business improvement. This booklet recounts how Kennecott used to be 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 suffering from 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 chargeable for a lot of Kennecott’s luck. whereas Jackling constructed economies of scale for large 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 extraordinary demanding situations of mining wealthy ore within the tricky weather of Alaska and transporting it to marketplace. The Guggenheims, who introduced those 3 operations jointly supplied the investment with out which the infrastructure important for the mining operations will possibly not were equipped. The railroad required for the Alaska mine by myself expense greater than 3 times what the us had paid to shop for all of Alaska in simple 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 manner that either experts and the final reader will savour. via attractive tales and pertinent info, he locations Kennecott and the copper inside of their ancient context and in addition permits the reader to contemplate the arguable elements of mineral discovery and sustainability in a crowded global the place assets are limited. 

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