Lonely chimneys rising above the Cornish cliffs; Welsh slopes covered in loose slate ... the landscapes of Britain resonate with its mining past. Geoff Coyle describes the... Read more
Lonely chimneys rising above the Cornish cliffs; Welsh slopes covered in loose slate ... the landscapes of Britain resonate with its mining past. Geoff Coyle describes the astonishing variety of mineral riches that have been extracted from Britain's rocks over the centuries, and the struggles and achievements of the brave miners and engineers who devoted their lives to them.
The Riches Beneath Our Feet Hardback edition by Geoff Coyle
PREFACE ; 1. The Achievements of Britain's Miners ; 2. Britain's Geology and Minerals ; 3. Britain's Copper and Tin Mining ; 4. Power to the Miner's Elbow ; 5. From Castle Roofs to Organ Pipes: The Lead and Zinc Mines ; 6. King Coal: Britain's Powerhouse ; 7. Building Britain: Granite, Stone, and Slate ; 8. The Salts of the Earth ; 9. Iron and Steel: The Sinews of Industry ; 10. The Riches of the Earth: Britain's Gold, Silver, and Precious Stones ; 11. Accidents and Disasters: The Price Miners Paid ; 12. Lords and Adventurers: The Mine Owners ; 13. The Mining People and their Communities ; 14. Epitaph or Revival? The Possibilities for Britain's Mining Industries ; APPENDIX: THE MAIN BRITISH MINERALS ; BIBLIOGRAPHY
Geoff Coyle graduated in mining engineering from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, University of London. He has worked underground in coal and copper mines, and qualified as a practical coal-face worker. The contraction of the coal industry led him to develop an alternative career, and after working for Imperial Chemical Industries, he became a management academic. He is now retired and a freelance academic and consultant. In writing this book he returns to his first love - the fascination of mining.
Mining has had a profound impact upon Britain for over 4,000 years. Geoff Coyle explores how mining has shaped Britain and its landscape, emphasising the impact on social history, and the lives of the mining people. He also considers the present state of mining and its future in Britain.
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