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 imperative for electrification of the US. Kennecott Copper company, at one time the most important manufacturer of copper on the planet, therefore performed a key position in monetary 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 way in which in mining applied sciences, and the way it used to be in flip stricken by 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 accountable 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 extraordinary 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 industry. The Guggenheims, who introduced those 3 operations jointly supplied the investment with out which the infrastructure worthy for the mining operations would possibly not were equipped. The railroad required for the Alaska mine by myself rate greater than thrice what the U.S. had paid to shop for all of Alaska simply forty-five years earlier.

     As a geologist with first-hand wisdom of mining, writer Charles Hawley aptly describes the expertise in the back of the Kennecott tale in a fashion that either experts and the overall reader will have fun with. via attractive tales and pertinent info, he areas Kennecott and the copper inside their historic context and in addition permits the reader to think about the arguable points of mineral discovery and sustainability in a crowded global the place assets are limited. 

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