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Published: 22 April 2010

288 Pages | 30 black and white photographs and illustrations


ISBN: 9780199551293

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The Riches Beneath our Feet

How Mining Shaped Britain

Geoff Coyle

  • Tells the story of mining in Britain dating back over four thousand years
  • Looks at the history of a wide range of minerals, including copper, tin, china clay, copper, lead, zinc, slate, granite, limestone, salt, coal, and iron
  • Includes fascinating tales about mining disasters such as Easington Colliery, the Britannia mine in Cornwall, and Aberfan in Wales, looking at why the disaster occurred, what ensued, and the heroism of the rescuers
  • Focusses on the people involved - their work, the conditions in the mines, and the impact mining had on their lives
  • Considers how mining has affected the landscape of Britain, transforming parts of the country-side