During our fourth and last work meeting in Le Luc France, participating pupils presented their work on "A Day in the Life of a .................................". The finished product is the result of interviews with individuals whose present or past and work experience is (or was) somehow involved with rocks, stones, minerals or mines.


LICEO LINGUISTICO COURMAYEUR

ITALY

"A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A MINER"

Thanks to Veronica, Margherita, Micol, Janira and Pierre.

LICEO LINGUISTICO COURMAYEUR

ITALY

"A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN ARCHAEOLOGIST"

Thanks to Veronica, Margherita, Micol, Janira and Pierre.

SUKROMNA ZAKLADNA SKOLA, SLOVAKIA

"A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN SPELEOLOGIST"




To see videos:
A day in a life of a speleodiver

The lignite mines of Calaf, Catalonia (Spain)

The goal of coal mining is to obtain coal from the ground. Coal is valued for its energy content, and, since the 1880s, has been widely used to generate electricity. Cement industries used coal as a fuel for cement production.

Coal mining has had many developments over the recent years, from the early days of men tunneling, digging and manually extracting the coal on carts to large open cut and long wall mines.
The Industrial Revolution which began in Britain in the 18th century, and later spread to continental Europe and North America, was based on the availability of coal to power steam engines. International trade expanded exponentially when coal-fed steam engines were built for the railways. The new mines that grew up in the 19th century depended on men and children to work long hours in often dangerous working conditions.

Surface mining and deep underground mining are the two basic methods of mining. The choice of mining method depends primarily on depth of burial, density of the overburden and thickness of the coal seam. Seams relatively close to the surface, at depths less than approximately 180 ft (50 m), are usually surface mined.
Open cut hazards are principally mine wall failures and vehicle collisions; underground mining hazards include suffocation, gas poisoning, roof collapse and gas explosions. But there were not gas accumulations in lignite mines.

Spain was ranked as the 30th coal producing country in the world in 2010. The coal mines of Calaf were more active after the Spanish Civil War and then in the eighties after the Worldwide Energy crisis of the seventies. They definetively closed in the nineties.There is a museum dedicated to coal mining in the region of Catalonia called Cercs Mine Museum.

This is the complete interview to a mine worker.

An archaelogical camp in Copons, Anoia (Spain)

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What’s a typical day like on a dig?
Managing an active dig site is like trying to keep multiple plates spinning at once. Everyone on the crew has a job to do, and everyone is doing it at the same time. Excavation crews are bringing down the “floor” of the excavation unit in 5-10cm levels, while some of the more artistically inclined are drawing and photographing the floors and walls to document the layers as they are removed and excavated further down. If artifacts are found, they are photographed in place, locations mapped in relation to the rest of the excavation unit, and removed. Technicians take data using GPS receivers to continue mapping out the site and its boundaries digitally.













Each partner has to...

... explore professions and activities associated with rocks and stones (geologists, archaeologists, crystal and fossil hunters, paleontologists, etc.)
... interview these people (or reenact) to discover anecdotes, legends, tales associated with their work
... make short documentaries or dramatized records of a "slice" of their life (how many?)