Monday, August 23, 2010

Mining is pretty much out as a future career

The story of the Chilean miners is remarkable.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38816833/ns/world_news-americas

Todd Russell, an Australian miner who went through a similar ordeal in 2006, described how he and his partner survived for two weeks while trapped in a small cage some 3,000 feet below ground.

"We were stuck ... in a small pocket of air. We couldn't stand up or even sit up. We had to lie down on our backs. If one of us was on our back, the other had to lie on his side for 14 days. We were tossing and turning on sharp rocks and being cut to pieces. We were really worried about the cuts getting infected.

"We had no food or water for the first six days. ... We had to urinate into our helmets so we could collect something to drink.

"It was also very hot and humid down there but, because of the flow-through of air from fans that were blowing through into the level we were on, we were also suffering from hypothermia (because of the cold air blowing on our sweat). We had to cuddle each other to keep our body cores warm."

That's hard to fathom. It gives me chills just thinking about it. One thing's for certain: becoming a miner is kind of out of the picture as a future career.

Interesting suggestion via one of the comments to the article:

"Lower some iphones or other media systems loaded with a ton of games, movies, books, etc, and then lower broadband ethernet and USB lines in order to keep them online, recharged, and feeling more in charge. They could even play online games, instant message, read up on cabin fever, SAD, and whatnot."

I don't know the logistics of lowering those items, but it seems plausible considering officials have lowered other necessities to the trapped miners.

What would you want if you were in a similar predicament? I think I agree with the commenter — give me some form of media entertainment, a means to communicate with the outside world, stay abreast of current events and plenty of reading material.

Oh, and a pizza. I'd want a pizza, too.

Another question: Do you think you could survive up to four months in a similar situation? That would be brutal.

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