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By Robin Gendron, Mats Ingulstad, Espen Storli

Because the key part in aluminum creation, bauxite has develop into essentially the most very important minerals of the final 100 years. to a few it introduced financial and political virtue, yet for plenty of others, its improvement left a legacy of exploitation. Aluminum Ore explores the historical past of bauxite within the 20th century and the worldwide forces that this background represents, from its strategic improvement within the First international battle to its position within the globalization of markets as businesses from the northern hemisphere vied for the assets of the south. that includes essays through students from world wide, this wide-ranging assortment is a historical past of 1 crucial mineral and a brand new standpoint on a time of change.

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The French government followed this initiative by sequestering AIAG’s bauxite mines in France to prevent the Swiss company from selling aluminum to Germany. The Central European powers were thus quickly cut off from supplies of French bauxite. 12 The French bauxite policy had an instant effect on the other belligerent countries. Germany and Austria-Hungary dispatched geologists to search for bauxite deposits within their borders, while the British authorities, worried by the French export ban, started thinking about securing supplies of the mineral from within its empire.

61 The plan was published in 1925 as Gold Coast Geological Survey Bulletin No. 1. In addition, Kitson contacted BACo to get the British company interested in his scheme. The Geological Survey sent the company a sample of twenty tons of bauxite from various localities in the colony. 62 BACo did not, however, take any immediate steps in that direction. The bauxite deposits in the Gold Coast first interested what must be dubbed speculative ventures. In 1926, the Bauxite and Power Concessions Syndicate approached the Colonial Office in London to get concessions to the bauxite lands Britain controlled at Mount Ejuanema.

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