Interesting story, but there was one part that had me scratching my head a bit.
It has to do with the following, "...the company has been able to cut its
costs to practically zero via the sale of more than $2 million pounds of the
scrap metal."Does the dollar sign ($) in front of the
"2" mean that the "million pounds of the scrap metal" was only
worth $2? Hard to believe.Or, as I suspect, is it simply a typo and
the sentence is actually talking only about, "2 million pounds of the scrap
Can someone please explain to me how a landslide causes a tomb? Either the tomb
was there before the landslide, or it was not. But I do not see how a landslide
can create a tomb.
@sthomaslewis - The "tomb" analogy was because these huge tractor
machines were buried in the earth as a result of the landslide, so it's
kind of like a tomb for the tractors.
@sthomaslewis, the landslide buried the equipment; thus it was metaphorically a
tomb. I clicked on the link afraid that someone had actually been buried and
died in the landslide. Glad that was not the case. It is slightly irresponsible,
IMO, to use that word in the headline, when no people died.
someone should be filming this recovery effort because it would make a
@sthomaslewis:"Can someone please explain to me how a landslide causes
a tomb?"It was clearly a reference to the equipment being buried
(entombed) in the landslide. Obviously, there was not a sarcophagus or crypt
constructed around the trucks.
Samhill posed an interesting question. Just what did that mean?
I figured they got two million dollars from the scrap metal sale...
Giant fire breathing equipment emerges from tomb and devours eclectic portions
of Salt Lake City in one gulp and without so much as a burp.Headlines sell papers, I guess.
Amy Joi O'Donoghue Please do more research on words. A simple google
search would show you that the word "blowtorch" does not describe the
equipment that is being used. A "blowtorch" is a small usually liquid
fueled device that is used today mostly by plumbers to heat lead. The device that is used in the photos is an oxyacetylene cutting torch not a
Maybe the sale of scrap metal is paying for the expenses of excavating and
cutting up the lost equipment, but it is nowhere close to covering what this
landslide is costing Rio Tinto. The lost production and other costs are
crippling, and I don't think the company is being completely honest in how
much it has and is losing.
"That 400,000 tons of dirt is what is moved on a single day. Some 17 million
tons of material have been moved from the bottom of the mine alone since the
slide occurred." I'm confused. If they've been moving
dirt from the slide since November, and they've only moved 17 million tons,
that's not 400,000 tons a day -- that 170,000 tons/day figuring a minimum o
100 days. Still a lot of material, but misleading. Only 150 million tons to go.
At 170,000 tons/day, that's 2 1/2 more years....
Interesting discussion on the meaning of "tomb." Many years ago, when
our 5th grade class toured Bingham Canyon, we walked through the long tunnel (as
I remember nearly a mile in length) to the town of Copperton, where we enjoyed a
picnic lunch at a beautiful park. I haven't been to Bingham Canyon since,
but I seem to recollect that the town of Copperton, the tunnel, and several
other areas (the Town of Lark comes to mind) have all been swallowed up in the
mine. What word do we use to describe that condition? I'm having a hard
time stretching "tomb" to fit what is now open air in the space where
these areas previously existed.
Does anyone know if the visitor's center will re-open and when?