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Sixty-nine Days
New Yorker, by Hector Tobar

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Posted By:StormCnter, 7/7/2014 9:51:48 AM

The San José Mine is situated inside a round, rocky, and lifeless mountain in the Atacama Desert, in Chile. Once every dozen years or so, a storm system sweeps across the desert, dropping a torrent of rain. When that happens, the dust turns to mud as thick as freshly poured concrete. Charles Darwin briefly passed through this corner of the Atacama in 1835. In his journal, he described the desert as “a barrier far worse than the most turbulent ocean.” In the deeper desert, miners are the only conspicuous living presence; they ride in trucks and buses to the mountains, which

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: farmwife, 7/7/2014 11:01:06 AM     (No. 9913725)

Powerful, miraculous story of the Chilean miners. Worth the read.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 7/7/2014 11:17:17 AM     (No. 9913747)

We´re fortunate there are men willing to work in such extreme conditions that deep under the earth.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Hazymac, 7/7/2014 11:29:00 AM     (No. 9913758)

Excellent article on a story none of us will ever forget. Bottom line: It was Americans operating American drilling technology that made possible the miraculous rescues. Many of us had tears in our eyes as we watched coverage of the indomitable miners being brought out one by one until each one was safely back above ground. As Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet: "What a piece of work is man."

As the second reply states, how much poorer would we be if no one worked the risky jpobs below ground (or below the ocean surface)?

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