Saturday, February 18, 2006

How to move mountains?

Apparently Chile has "Authorized Gold Mining Project but Banned Relocation of Glaciers"

The article talks about a mining company that wants to get at some gold in Chile. I guess they don't plan to cause any "environmental harm" but they want to "relocate" the glaciers by truck so that they can get at the gold underneath.

I don't really get how you can move a glacier. And it seems to me that moving one by truck would cause at least some loss of, um, cohesion, forget completely ruining any sort of ecosystem-level relationship between the existing glacier and its surrounding environment.

So while I'm glad to hear that the glacier-moving part of all this has officially been banned, the whole thing still sounds shady to me.

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