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The History of Mining: The events, technology and people involved in the industry that forged the modern world by Michael Coulson

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Introduction

“Those who decry mining are ignorant of history. If they knew anything about metals, they would know that all business, all industry and all human progress depend on mines.”

William Sulzer, Governor of New York 1938

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