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Rare Earth Elements and Balance of Power

I write these blogs for me. I ask questions and search for answers in books and, mostly, exploring the Internet. Without Rare Earth Elements I would not be doing this. When I was born just after World War II, if … Continue reading

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Concrete. Industrial Contamination

You cannot build a wind turbine without using concrete. Indeed, for each turbine, requires 900 tons of steel, 2500 tons of concrete and 45 tons of plastic. The above image is in a design manual. Concrete seems to have been … Continue reading

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Chromium. Industrial Contamination

To make a wind turbine, which is 78% steel, the Earth must yield up coal for coking plants to provide coke for furnaces to burn red hot to smelt iron ore. When the Earth yielded up iron ore, sulphuric acid … Continue reading

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Nickel. Industrial Contamination

I am trying to uncover what goes in to making a wind turbine. I now know they are made up of around 70% steel, and to make steel iron ore is a major component in the processing. Nickel is mixed … Continue reading

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Africa: the suffering of DR Congo peoples

Coronavirus adding to their misery. Please follow this website: https://congoinconversation.fondationcarmignac.com And this website: https://www.icij.org/investigations/paradise-papers/switzerland-opens-criminal-probe-into-glencore/?utm_source=ICIJ&utm_campaign=ed8fb2f734-0707_WeeklyEmail&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_992ecfdbb2-ed8fb2f734-82075869 And as the elite demand their electric cars to virtue signal to the rest of us, we see the “dirty secrets” behind the making of such … Continue reading

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Iridium and Outer Space: harnessing the elements for the advantaged

The element iridium is more likely to be found in Solar System asteroids than in the Earth’s crust. Yet a Yorkshire, England, chemist identified the element in 1803. He found it in the residues from the solution of platinum ores. … Continue reading

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Today’s Hunter Gatherers of Latin America and Africa: part 2

“The Yungas (Aymara yunka warm or temperate Andes or earth, Quechua language meaning yunka warm area on the slopes of the Andes) is a narrow band of forest along the eastern slope of the Andes Mountains from Peru, Bolivia, and … Continue reading

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Today’s Hunter Gatherers of Latin America and Africa: part 1

For thousands of years to the present day we can still witness the struggle of those whose indigenous ancestors passed to them the spirit of determination to preserve their landscape and not leave a carbon footprint, nor any kind of … Continue reading

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When we came home to our birthplace we thought we were superior beings

As referred to in some of my previous blogs, the supercontinent which has been named Gondwana existed from the Neoproterozoic (about 550 million years ago) until the Jurassic (about 180 million years ago). The remnants of Gondwana make up about … Continue reading

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Salts: global trade and mining

Salts are mined to meet the need of humans, and these needs are many. Phosphates, for example, are needed by present day intensive farming for fertiliser for quality crops and animal feeds which contain minerals ‘essential’ for the development of … Continue reading

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