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How a small town trash fire led to a different kind of mining in coal country

Presentation by Taylor Dunivin and Jackson Sorensen for Biology on Tap's "Living with Fire" event in Lansing Michigan.

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How a small town trash fire led to a different kind of mining in coal country

  1. 1. Biology on Tap Jackson Sorensen &Taylor Dunivin How a small town trash fire led to a different kind of mining in coal country
  2. 2. Centralia, Pennsylvania
  3. 3. • 1856 Locust run Mine and Coal Ridge Mine • Bustling town of 2,761 people in 1890 – 7 Churches – 2Theaters – 5 hotels – 27 Saloons – 0 Dedicated Landfills The rise and fall of Centralia
  4. 4. The year of the dumpster fire
  5. 5. WARNING SCIENCE AHEAD!
  6. 6. What makes fire? + + =
  7. 7. Or in other words… + + = COAL
  8. 8. Attempt to put out the fire #1: Excavation + + = COAL
  9. 9. Attempt to put out the fire #1: Smothering + + = COAL
  10. 10. Underground coal fire 150ft COAL Strip mine
  11. 11. The surface of coal fires SteamFissures Vents 140°F
  12. 12. A town at risk
  13. 13. A town at risk
  14. 14. From bustling town to ghost town BeforeBefore After After
  15. 15. Post-Apocalyptic wasteland + - TOXINS PEOPLE = Centralia, PA
  16. 16. Post-Apocalyptic wasteland Food Weapons Clean Water
  17. 17. Microbes Surviving in Centralia, PA Food WeaponsClean Water Pint of Beer Shaun of the Dead Porridge The Matrix Spiky Cars Mad Max: Fury Road Decomposition Bioremediation Antibiotics
  18. 18. We’re running out of antibiotics
  19. 19. From bustling town to ghost townMost antibiotics are from soil microbes BacillusStreptomyces
  20. 20. Mining Centralia for antibiotics Unknown! • Extreme environment • Untested
  21. 21. From devastation to medication
  22. 22. Thank you!

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