Posted by: csdailyblog | May 23, 2011

Conserve School Students Rappel in Historic Mine

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Last week Conserve School students visited the Adventure Copper Mine, a Keweenaw Heritage Site. (The Keweenaw Peninsula of Upper Michigan is north of us.) Copper mining was once an important economic force in this region, and this historic tour helps students appreciate the effort that 19th-century mining required, the effect mining has had on the Northwoods environment, the geology of the region, and the relevance of mining to the region’s history. The Adventure Mine tour is particularly memorable because students have the opportunity to rappel down a dark shaft to reach a lower level of the mine.  Students were also impressed by the multitudes of tiny bats that inhabit the mine.

Thanks to Science Teacher Robert Eady for arranging the tour and to Spanish Teacher and Academic Dean Kathleen O’Connor for adding additional meaning and interest to the field trip by showing students the documentary The Devil’s Miner, about contemporary mining in Bolivia, a few days before the tour.

Mary Anna


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