Book ID: CBB555291139

Worlds of Gray and Green: Mineral Extraction as Ecological Practice (2022)


Ureta, Sebastián (Author)
Patricio Flores (Author)

University of California Press

Publication Date: 2022
Physical Details: 162
Language: English

The Anthropocene has arrived riding a wave of pollution. From "forever chemicals" to oceanic garbage patches, human-made chemical compounds are seemingly everywhere. Concerned about how these compounds disrupt multiple lives and ecologies, environmental scholars, activists, and affected communities have sought to curb the causes of pollution, focusing especially on the extractive industries. In Worlds of Gray and Green, authors Sebastián Ureta and Patricio Flores challenge us to rethink extraction as ecological practice. Adopting an environmental humanities analytic lens, Ureta and Flores offer a rich ethnographic exploration of the waste produced by Chile's El Teniente, the world's largest underground mine. Deposited in a massive dam, the waste—known as tailings—engages with human and non-human entities in multiple ways through a process the authors call geosymbiosis. Some of these geosymbioses result in toxicity and damage, while others become the basis of lively novel ecologies. A particular kind of power emerges in the process, one that is radically indifferent to human beings but that affects them in many ways. Learning to live with geosymbioses offers a tentative path forward amid ongoing environmental devastation.

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Authors & Contributors
Selby Hearth
Fredric L. Quivik
Paul J. White
Tironi, Manuel
David B. Landon
Koch, Tomás
IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology
Social Studies of Science
Earth Sciences History: Journal of the History of the Earth Sciences Society
Social History of Medicine
Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
Environment and History
Yale University Press
University Press of Colorado
Oxford University Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
Beacon Press
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
Mines and mining
Copper and copper industry
Environmental degradation
Industrial archaeology
Tailings (Metallurgy)
Chemical pollution
Orenstein, Alexander Jeremiah
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
20th century, early
18th century
United States
Michigan (U.S.)
Montana (U.S.)
Idaho (U.S.)
Marywood University
South West Africa Company (SWACO)
Anaconda Copper Mining Company

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