Minnesota's Iron Range: the economic and the environmental impacts of iron mining vs. sulfide mining
Growing up on the Iron Range of Minnesota allowed me to write about the people, its economy, and the flora and fauna of the area. My Hamline courses prepared me to research the environmental impacts iron mining and possible sulfide mining could have on this place of beauty. My concerns for the preservation of the Boundary Waters Canoe area motivated me to study the damage that took place from mining iron ore in the past and the possible destruction that could occur if mining for copper, nickel, and platinum is allowed in this region. Once thought too sparse to mine, the deposits of these minerals are now being considered as a viable new source. This study informed me of the environmental impact that could occur is this was allowed to happen.
Nuthak, Maria Jo, "Minnesota's Iron Range: the economic and the environmental impacts of iron mining vs. sulfide mining" (2008). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 1026.