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Last Man Out: The Story of the Springhill Mine Disaster

by Melissa Fay Greene

The deepest coal mine in North America was notoriously unpredictable. One late October evening in 1958, it "bumped" - its rock floors heaving up and smashing into rock ceilings. A few miners staggered out, most...


Gold

by Jill Blee

Since ancient times gold has exerted a powerful fascination for humankind. In Australia, its discovery sparked frenzied gold rushes that opened up large parts of the land to settlement, transformed Melbourne...


Boganaire: The Rise and Fall of Nathan Tinkler

by Paddy Manning

From blue collar to billionaire ...

Hunter Valley mine electrician Nathan Tinkler borrowed big in 2005, made a fortune from several speculative coal plays, and by 2011 was a self-made billionaire. He had gambled...


The Denniston Rose

by Jenny Pattrick

A number one bestseller, this favourite New Zealand novel captures a real 19th century community.The bleak coal-mining settlement of Denniston, isolated high on a plateau above New Zealand's West Coast, is a...


Beneath Hill 60

by Will Davies

The story of the Australian miners and soldiers who tunnelled under Hill 60 near Ypres and eventually broke through to create a new frontline.On 7 June 1917, 19 massive mines shattered the Messines ridge near...


Quarterly Essay 33 Quarry Vision: Coal, Climate Change and the End of the Resources Boom

by Guy Pearse

Australia's response to climate change must truly baffle outsiders. Why do our leaders pretend that they are leading the world in the battle against global warming? When do environmental risks outweigh economic...


Twiggy: The High-Stakes Life of Andrew Forrest

by Andrew Burrell

"Not just a terrific read, but an important life to have on the national record." - George Negus

The swashbuckling West Australian entrepreneur Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest took on mining giants BHP Billiton and...


History's Most Dangerous Jobs: Miners

by Anthony Burton

Mining is Britain's oldest industry, and this book tells the story of the men and, in the past, women who spent their lives working underground. Geographically the book covers the regions of Devon and Cornwall,...


Understanding Human Error in Mine Safety

by Geoff Simpson & Tim Horberry

The consideration of human factors issues is vital to the mining industry. As in other safety-critical domains, human performance problems constitute a significant threat to system safety, making the study of...


Riding the High Wire

by Robert A. Trennert

Riding the High Wire is the first comprehensive history of aerial mine tramways in the American West, describing their place in the evolution of mining after 1870. Robert A. Trennert shows how the mid-nineteenth...


Ores to Metals

by James Fell

This comprehensive treatment of the smelting industry of Colorado, originally published in 1979, is now back in print with a new preface by the author. Packed with fascinating statistics and mining data, Ores...


The Pit Sinkers of Northumberland and Durham

by Peter Ford Mason

Shaft sinking for the extraction of minerals has taken place for centuries. Coal mining has been carried out using various methods of sinking from shallow bell pits to deep shafts. Newcastle and the collieries...


Mountain Justice: Homegrown Resistance to Mountaintop Removal, for the Future of Us All

by Tricia Shapiro

Illuminating the human and environmental catastrophe coal companies don't want you to see.