Category Archives: Mining

Ominous Sounding Frontier Town Names


As part of our Frontier Towns series, the following list of town names might make you want to think twice before moving there or living there. Some of the names are famous, while others are infamous. All of them are … Continue reading

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Russian cities that arose from the Gulag era


Below is a list of some of the larger cities that were founded, built, or significantly enhanced through Gulag-era forced labor. If the city was founded during the Soviet Union’s Gulag era, the date is provided in parenthesis. Otherwise, the … Continue reading

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Can a remote uranium mining town become a retirement mecca?


While more of an academic publication than a great literary work of non-fiction, Boom Town Blues: Elliot Lake remains an enlightening and useful read. The book summarizes what can only be described as the “great experiment of Elliot Lake, Ontario.” Now, … Continue reading

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“Mushroom” boomtowns of the early Atomic Age


  As a crucial part of the 20th Century, the early Atomic Age brought about profound changes to society and humankind. Not only were we faced with the horror of possible worldwide thermonuclear destruction for the first time, but we were … Continue reading

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Not a desert mirage, but more Earth acne


No, it’s not a mirage. This satellite image below is of the (nearly 21 square miles!) borate/borax mine near Boron, California. As impressive as it is from space, the image clearly shows the alterations to the natural desert landscape resulting from the … Continue reading

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Earth acne creep across boreal Alberta


Here are two satellite views of the expanding Earth acne in the tar sands region of Alberta. The photo on the right is the most recent photo and shows mining has spread across the Athabasca River. Below this comparison is … Continue reading

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“Seasoning” cities and towns


A little salt and pepper to season things here on Panethos. Spanish language cities with “Salto” in the name were not included as this means “falls” nor was “Saltillo” as it means “little falls.”  The largest of these salty cities are … Continue reading

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CITIES WITH THAT ‘sinking’ FEELING


We all have heard about the perils posed to urban areas by rising sea levels, but less often discussed (until recently) are the potential disasters awaiting those cities that are literally sinking under the weight of themselves. The proper term … Continue reading

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Earth acne amid equatorial glaciers


Below is a satellite image of the Grasberg Mine amid the snowy high peaks of far eastern Indonesia. To the right of the mine itself are several glaciers. Hopefully neither the existing mine and/or any future extension(s) will harm the … Continue reading

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More human-made Earth acne from space


Here’s another satellite image of human-made Earth acne, partially softened by a coating of snow on the higher adjacent peaks. The photo is of the massive Bingham Canyon Mine located approximate 32 miles southwest of downtown Salt Lake City, Utah … Continue reading

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