Sun Feb 10, 2013, 06:07 PM
Blue_In_AK (46,429 posts)
Confessions of an Earthquake Detective (re Pebble Mine in Alaska)
(Cross-post from "Good Reads")
2012 was a busy year for scientists working on issues related to Pebble Mine. I’m one of those scientists. I received my PhD studying tsunamis and learned a bit about earthquakes along the way. Given that PLP hopes to build giant dams that need to stand forever, earthquakes are a fairly important question. Between completing my own geologic fieldwork and critiquing the work of PLP and the EPA, there’s been plenty to keep me busy – so much so that I neglected to post anything on our blog about it all year, despite a number of interesting developments.
This is not just a local issue. If you like wild Alaskan salmon and care about the arctic environment, this is a very serious matter. Imagine the largest gold/copper mine on the face of the earth at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, one of the last remaining pristine wild salmon spawning grounds on the planet, with millions of tons of toxic waste being held back by an earthen dam taller than Hoover.
For more: http://www.savebristolbay.org/
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