In 1996, the Environmental Protection Agency (epa) granted a corporation permission—without hearings or an environmental impact statement—to inject 550 million gallons of sulfuric acid into a Wisconsin mine as an attempt to extract copper. Anishinaabe activists blocked a train carrying the acid across their reservation and began legal proceedings to prevent this experiment in “solution mining” (157–158). This is one of many fascinating stories in Sustaining Lake Superior. This interdisciplinary history combines scientific studies with a deep knowledge of the lake’s history—from the glaciers that shaped the basin to Native American cultures and the fur trade that decimated the beaver population and dried out the land; the copper mining that by 1882 annually dumped 500,000 tons of stampings into the watershed; the iron mining and processing that discharged toxic waste, including mercury; and the logging that deforested the white pine, leaving waste that caught fire 1,435 times...
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August 01 2018
Sustaining Lake Superior: An Extraordinary Lake in a Changing World
Sustaining Lake Superior: An Extraordinary Lake in a Changing World. By
Yale University Press,
David E. Nye
University of Southern Denmark
Online Issn: 1530-9169
Print Issn: 0022-1953
© 2018 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Inc.
by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Inc.
The Journal of Interdisciplinary History (2018) 49 (2): 349–351.
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David E. Nye; Sustaining Lake Superior: An Extraordinary Lake in a Changing World. The Journal of Interdisciplinary History 2018; 49 (2): 349–351. doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/jinh_r_01292
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