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Re: Hate the environment? Buy a hybrid!
Posted by: Steve(Can)
Date: March 13, 2007 12:11PM

Seen that moonscape your article mentioned in the late 1960's. Unbelievable, you would have had to seen it to believe it. Seen it again through the 1980's and it was a remarkably different place.

Based on the innaccuracies in that article, whether intentional or just a result of poor research, the liberal-like methods employed by the writer tend to put the whole article in question.

Just so you know, Varms:

>>The ore deposits in Sudbury are part of a large geological structure known as the Sudbury Basin, believed to be the remnants of a 1.85-billion year old meteorite impact crater. Sudbury ore contains profitable amounts of many elements, especially transition metals, including platinum. It also contains an unusually high concentration of sulfur. When nickel-copper ore is smelted, this sulfur is released into the environment, where it is toxic to vegetation. Carried aloft, it combines with atmospheric water to form sulfuric acid. This contaminates atmospheric water, resulting in a phenomenon known as acid rain.
The Inco Superstack dominates the Sudbury skyline.
The Inco Superstack dominates the Sudbury skyline.

As a result, Sudbury was widely, although not entirely accurately, known for many years as a wasteland. In parts of the city, vegetation was devastated, both by acid rain and by logging to provide fuel for early smelting techniques, as well as wood for the reconstruction of Chicago after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The resulting erosion exposed bedrock, which was charred in most places to a pitted, dark black appearance. There was not a complete lack of vegetation in the region, however. Paper birch and wild blueberry are notable examples of plants which thrived in the acidic soils, and even during the worst years of the city's environmental damage, not all parts of the city were equally affected.

During the Apollo manned lunar exploration program, NASA astronauts trained in Sudbury, to become familiar with shatter cones, a rare rock formation connected with meteorite impacts. However, the popular misconception that they were visiting Sudbury because it purportedly resembled the lifeless surface of the moon dogged the city for years.

In the late 1970s, private, public, and commercial interests combined to establish an unprecedented "regreening" effort. Lime was spread over the charred soil of the Sudbury region by hand and by aircraft. Seeds of wild grasses and other vegetation were also spread. In twenty years, over three million trees were planted. The ecology of the Sudbury region has recovered dramatically, due both to the regreening program and improved mining practices, and in 1992 the city was given the "Local Government Honours Award" by the United Nations, in honour of its innovative community-based strategies in environmental rehabilitation. More recently, the city has begun to rehabilitate the slag heaps that surround the Copper Cliff smelter area, with the planting of grass and trees.

Sudbury is on the Canadian (Precambrian) Shield. Over 300 lakes lie within its municipal boundaries, including Lake Wanapitei, which holds the record for the largest lake in the world completely contained within the boundaries of a single city. (Before the municipal amalgamation of 2001, this status was held by Lake Ramsey, which is just a few kilometres south of downtown Sudbury.)<<<


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Varmint256March 13, 2007 11:43AM

Being that this is a college that I attended for a short period of time...........I would not put any weight on the article that was written!!

Bobbie76March 13, 2007 01:57PM

I must add...........

Bobbie64March 13, 2007 02:02PM

Re: Hate the environment? Buy a hybrid!

Steve(Can)252March 13, 2007 12:11PM

i read this earlier

david(tx)58March 13, 2007 12:01PM

Well, that is certainly an eye opener.

copperhead62March 13, 2007 12:00PM

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