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Goldfields legacies

In ‘Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World’, Marcia Bjornerud states -in relation to large-scale mining processes- “Understanding the lingering effects of sudden topographic change is important because we ourselves are now agents of geomorphic catastrophe.” The effects of mining, which involves the massive derangement of topographies and natural systems will […]

Martine Bertereau

Martine Bertereau, Baroness de Beausoleil, 1600-1642 – an early mining engineer and mineralologist, was said to find mineral ore deposits by a range of techniques including dowsing. Her writings describe the use of 7 divining or dowsing rods of different metals and a minerological compass to determine the presence of different ores.