The following photos were taken in parts of northern Minnesota, some in the UP of Michigan, Colorado Rockies, Alberta, Canada, and on a beach of the Pacific ocean off the Olympic National Forest … all areas where protection of our environment has taken a back seat to lumbering, mining for ore, frack sand, and/or fracking and drilling for oil and gas. These lands are threatened through practices that pollute and usually drain (mine) our aquifers of good drinking water.
Canadian border on the Minnesota side
Glacial rock near the Rainy Lake visitor center
On the precipice above Vermilion Falls
In the Superior National Forest
Cook County, MN
… a grove of birch along Highway 1 on the road to Ely, Mn where lumbering, taconite mining and the effects of acid rain can be seen …
… near the Boundary Water Canoe Wilderness Area.
What will be left once copper mining has begun in earnest?
northern lake in area of proposed copper mine, MN
wetlands near Babbitt, Mn
How many wilderness-related jobs and experiences will be lost?
Northern MN and common loon habitat
Mn lake and loon
In the heart of the proposed copper mining, northern Minnesota
near Babbitt, MN
What is more precious to our survival than water?
What will the shores of Lake Superior look like in 500 years?
Bear Head Lake, MN
northern MN lake
Chequamegon Bay, Lake Superior
Upper Michigan River
Estevan Pines, UP
glacier lake in Alberta
Pacific Ocean off Olympic National Forest
Hull Rust Mine, the “Grand Canyon” of Minnesota 2012
Will we trade the health of our water for a copper mine?
Could dimensions of copper-sulfide mining reach the proportions of the Hull Rust Mine in Hibbing Minnesota? Babbitt, a doorway to the BWCA at Birch Lake and the location of the proposed NorthMet copper mine, is located in the Laurentian Uplands, a recharge area for three of the greatest river systems in North America.
Can the land and waters of these mines be reclaimed essentially?
A view from the steel lookout above the Hibbing mine November, 2012
an “earth mover” at the Hibbing mine
Hull Rust iron mine in 2012
What harm could mining do? Is there a better way? Recycling perhaps?
Dedication in Chisholm to the Iron Miners
Where will the quiet places be found?