The KIDS Report is a biweekly publication produced by K-12 students as a resource to other K-12 students. It is an ongoing, cooperative effort of 15 classrooms from around the world. Teachers assist and provide support; however, students select, evaluate and annotate all resources included in every issue of the KIDS Report.
The KIDS Report is published with a generous grant from John and Tashia Morgridge and with the support of the General Library System of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
This issue of KIDS, dated November 9, 1999, was written and produced by Nora Kneebone's class at West Iron County Middle School in Iron River, Michigan.
Mining in the Upper Peninsula
Mines can be dangerous!
Rough and Rugged Mining Equipment
|Mining in Michigan
WOW--what a site! If you have any interest at all in mining and/or Upper Michigan, this is the site for you. There is information on iron mining or copper mining, you can choose where you want to go and which facts you want to learn more about. Did you know that in 1924 mule drivers working underground earned 40 cents per hour, worked 48 hours and took home a total salary of $19.20 per week? Check out this site for other interesting facts.
| Painesdale Mine Shaft, Inc.
Have you ever toured the inside of a real mineshaft? Here's your chance. This site is so cool! If you're working on a report, you will find loads of information, some great pictures and even a 3-D image that brings you a mile beneath a mine!
| Modular Mining Systems Inc.
Do you know what an adit is? Would you know a stope if you saw one? If not, this is definitely the place for you. Besides pointing the way toward some great links, this site offers a complete listing of mining and geology terms. You can either browse the list or search for a specific term. Before you know it, you will be well on your way to becoming an expert in mining lingo! Check it out and see for yourself.
| Fresh From the UP -- Pasty Central
Why does a site about food have a link to the Quincy Mine? Good question! If you know anything about the Upper Peninsula, you know that Yoopers, people who live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, love pasties! Also, any well-adjusted Yooper should know the story behind where pasties come from. The truth is, although the history of these tasty pies originated in Cornwall, England, they soon became a common site among the entire mining community. Pasties could be found lying on warm pipes throughout the mines so hungry miners would have a hearty meal later in the day. Since there were no washing facilities for the dust covered miners, the thick crust around the edge of the pasty served as a handle which could be thrown away once the tasty interior was devoured.
| MSHA -- Mine Safety and Health Administration
Mine Safety Kids' Page
| Mine Hazard Awareness Campaign Fact Sheet; (Michigan Tech Mining Engineering Department)
Did you know that in the United States there are over 500,000 abandoned mine sites and nearly 14,000 active mines? There are over 800 underground mines in Michigan alone with more than 2300 shafts, or other openings to the surface and many open pits and quarries. Even though the mine sites may be inspected by the county mine inspector, some old mines are still unknown and unmarked and even when old mine sites are inspected, there is no guarantee that a new cave-in may not occur the next day. This site contains important words of advice to keep you safe.
|KOMATSU Mining Systems, Inc.
The power behind this new D475A-3 Super Dozer deserves a Tim Taylor grunt! Check out this site for more power! Whether you're interested in shovels, loaders, dozers, graders or trucks, Kumatsu has it all. You can buy a shovel that weighs 685 tons!
| Brookville Mining Equipment Corp.
This site has some great photographs of some interesting machinery. Mining has changed a lot since the days of dynamite, picks and shovels. I wonder what the old coal miners would have thought of a 45 ton diesel powered mining locomotive or a 30 ton battery/trolley powered locomotive. I'm certain our early ancestors would have fainted at the size and power as well as the prices!
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