Friday, October 19, 2012

Day Nineteen--Steel

We live in the UP, on Michigan's Iron Range.  Years ago, mining was quite possibly the largest industry here, but it is diminishing.  Some say that mining will completely die out in the near future, whereas others say it might make a comeback.  It is very hard to say.

The iron ore mines here are the biggest consumers of electrical power in the area.  Because of this, The Husband has a job, as the power the plant makes mostly goes to operate the mines.  And I certainly hope the mines don't close down before he retires...

So, for anyone who doesn't know, iron ore is used to make steel.  Steel is used in most all structures built, so as long as the demand is there, I should think the iron ore mines here will be in operation.

(One of two open pit mines in operation in the UP.)

6 comments:

meleahrebeccah said...

wowzers!!

chrkos said...

And I have NEVER seen any of the iron ore mines in person--and they are within 20 miles of us.

meleahrebeccah said...

Why not? I would be totally fascinated!

chrkos said...

I really don't know why we haven't gone to one of the open houses/tours. I know K has wanted to go at times, but never when it was convenient for me--or when I wanted to go. I think the thing that would be the coolest to see are the BIG trucks--from pictures, they seem to be almost as big as a normal sized house! I guess we'll have to check this out next summer.

meleahrebeccah said...

Please do!! And please post about it!

chrkos said...

:)