The Grand Canyon and Mining – NYTimes.com

The Grand Canyon and Mining – NYTimes.com.

Op-Ed Contributor

Buffering the Grand Canyon

Houston

IN 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt didn’t need a guidebook to tell him that the Grand Canyon was the most precious heirloom the United States possessed. Staring out for the first time from the canyon’s rim at the immensity of the chasm, he trembled with sheer joy. This was America’s Westminster Abbey, Louvre and Taj Mahal rolled into one.

Back then, the Arizona Territory was debating whether to preserve the canyon or mine it for zinc, copper, asbestos and other minerals. A similar threat looms today over the canyon vistas just beyond the park’s boundaries, where mining companies, foreign and domestic, have been filing claims to extract uranium from the surrounding national forest.

The idea of letting miners loose on the Grand Canyon struck Roosevelt as criminal. […]

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