This controversial pit became the flashpoint for a bitter civil war in Papua New Guinea in the 1990s that cost as many as 20,000 lives. Heavy trucks sit rusting on the edges of Panguna copper mine, closed in 1989 as a result of sabotage. Friedrich Stark / Alamy Stock Photo
The War of the Pacific Another untoward event was the War of the Pacific with Chile, caused mainly by rivalry over the exploitation of rich nitrate deposits in the Atacama Desert . Chiles superior resources and military discipline brought overwhelming defeat to Peru and its ally Bolivia.
The 4,300 plus POWs imprisoned in Taiwan worked in a copper mine, removed stones from a valley to make way for sugar cane, or dug a man made lake. Working in the mine was particularly damaging to...
The Pacific War, sometimes called the AsiaPacific War, was the theater of World War II that was fought in Asia, the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and Oceania.It was geographically the largest theater of the war, including the vast Pacific Ocean theater, the South West Pacific theater, the South East Asian theater, the Second Sino Japanese War, and the SovietJapanese War.
A drop in copper prices at the start of the war causes mines to reduce their work forces or close. By the time the United States enters the war in 1918, the need for parts for vehicles, planes, ammunition, and shell casings raises prices and increases production, but the prosperity is only temporary.
Papua New Guinea Speculation about the future of the Panguna copper mine in Papua New Guineas autonomous region of Bougainville, which ignited a decade long civil war in the 1990s, peaked late last year when an application for exploration by former Rio Tinto subsidiary, Bougainville Copper Ltd , was put to a local vote.
1771 Alexander Henry makes the first English attempt to mine copper on the Keweenaw Peninsula near the Ontonagon River. At the time, the nearest English settlement is nearly 300 miles away at Sault Saint Marie and the region is completely undeveloped and mostly unmapped.
4 LEGACY OF THE PACIFIC WAR: 75 YEARS LATER intense institutional prejudice and required outside political intervention. The next U.S. aircraft carrier to be built will be named in honor of Doris Miller, an obvious legacy of the Pacific War. Although the Secretary of the Navy in the first years of the war, Frank Knox, was not a proponent
The Panguna mine began production in 1972 under the management of Bougainville Copper Ltd, with the government of Papua New Guinea as a 20% shareholder. At the time, the Panguna mine was the largest open cut mine in the world. It produced more than 45% of Papua New Guinea39;s national export revenue, and was, as such, vitally important to the ...