Argumentative Essay About Mining

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Mining is the process or industry of obtaining minerals from the earth. Topics in this paper I’ll be specifically discussing are pros and cons of mining, structures of a mine, mining in general, California gold rush, diamonds in Africa, and comparison of diamond and gold mines. A person must have a general understanding of mining to really Cite at end of paragraphs (author’s name, page number) Mining in General Most people don’t know the difference from a hanging wall and footwall. A footwall is the underlying block of a fault having an inclined fault plane. And a hanging wall is the mass of rock overlying a mineral deposit in a mine. (add citation from the book) What is good about mining? Some of the pros of mining are it provides coal, which is one of the best sources of energy here in the United States. It creates well-paying jobs, provides stable energy, is the cheapest form of energy available, and does minimal damage to the environment when compared with some other forms of energy. Half of the energy that is used by the United States every day comes from coal and that coal is only accessible because of miners. Mining allowed industrial growth and development. Without mining we would have remained undeveloped. Almost everything you use in your daily life has some component that come from mining or petroleum in one way or another. The Industrial Revolution could simply not have occurred without mining, firstly coal and iron mining, and later many more commodities. Mining powers the power stations, and provides the chemicals we use to purify water, make paint, build computers and make glass. There are some cons that come to mind when talking about mining also which includes environmental degradation, soil erosion and destru... ... middle of paper ... ... rebel fighters and insurgencies. The practice is most often associated with conflicts in Africa. The argument surrounding blood diamonds was brought to light in the early 1990s with civil wars in Sierra Leone, Angola, the Republic of Congo, and Liberia. During this time, blood diamonds comprised about 5 percent of the world diamond market, according to the World Diamond Council’s DiamondFacts.org website. Something interesting about the blood diamond is there was a movie in 2006 called Blood Diamond. In Blood Diamond set during the Sierra Leone Civil War in 1996–2001, the film depicts a country torn apart by the struggle between government loyalists and insurgent forces. It also portrays many of the atrocities of that war, including the rebels' elimination of people's hands to discourage them from voting in upcoming elections, there was a movie called Gold about
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