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Topical Tuesday: Archaeology and Geology News

There is so much rock news going on in the world, it’s hard to keep up with it all. So from now on, on Tuesdays, I’m going to try to aggregate some of the rock-based stories that may or may not be making headlines, but are all worth taking at least a brief look at.

The Dark Dreary Mine

Come and listen you fellows,

so young and so fine,

And seek not your fortune in the dark, dreary mines.

It will form as a habit and seep in your soul,

‘Till the stream of your blood is as black as the coal.
~”Dark as a Dungeon” by Merle Travis. First performed 1946
Merle Travis wrote that song in the 1940’s, lamenting the fate of the miners in the West Virginia coal mines. It has since been performed by groups of all different kinds, from Johnny Cash to the Chieftains. With the ongoing events in Chile, a new focus has come onto mining, and the line “Dark as a Dungeon” seems more apt than ever.

Since the collapse of the San Jose copper and Gold mine on August 5, 33 miners have been trapped in an area that the New York Times described as the size of a “small apartment”, 2,300 feet underground. They survived for 17 days without any contact from the outside world, until they were located last week. Their families have been encamped outside the mine for weeks, and will likely remain there for many more, as it has been estimated that it could take up to three months to drill down and rescue them.