Mining Changes the Earth's Surface; Appearance from Heaven

UMMATIMES - When digging for precious metals, carbonaceous fuels, or ancient mineral ores, this process removes "one part of history." Such materials are, in the words of the writer Astra Taylor, "a densely packed past," revealing epic eras of magmatic rages, tropical forests, or hydrothermal vapors. It takes millions of years to settle or crystallize, then only in an instant can be dredged with machines and explosives.

Since humans first realized that the land beneath them holds hidden wealth, many have dug to discover what lies beneath it. Mining of almost every aspect of our modern life is possible and often its impact on nature is far removed from everyday life.

When we look at the impact of a mine visually, it can subtly change the way we think about material possessions. Even these words are conveyed through geological material - behind this computer screen, shrouded in electronic systems, is metal that has been locked up for thousands of years in rock. And somewhere in the world today, a growing desire for technology needs is fueling deeper and wider underground searches for that resource.

In the following, one can see the various ways mining has altered the surface of the earth - whether it be the gaudy and unnatural color of "stream pools", or the open landscape that looks like the fingerprints of humankind itself. If the ancient ores and minerals we crave are a past that is stored solidly, then unfortunately what's left is a future full of wounds.

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