A Mining Saga: People, Places, and Adventures Along the Way


Fred Brost is a retired professional mining engineer with fifty years’ experience working for major mining companies and as a mining consultant to industry and regulatory agencies.
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This is not only a story about mining, nor is it an autobiography, but rather a collection of interesting and sometimes strange stories from the author’s life, tracing his way from an adventurous childhood through his training as a mining engineer, his service as a bomb disposal officer in the U.S. Army, and his adventures dealing with different cultures in places that most Americans only go as tourists — if at all.

What is it like to descend 11,000 feet below surface in a South African gold mine? To disarm a misfired missile in the launch silo? To survive an apocalyptical cargo cult event in Papua New Guinea? To face the blazing stars at night on the altiplano in Bolivia? To travel up the Amazon on a fool’s errand, dining on armadillo on the half shell? To search for the Queen of Sheba’s mines in Yemen? To expose mining scams in Arizona? These are some of the stories that the author relates in his own unique, informative, and sometimes ribald way. Any fan of travel and adventure stories should enjoy this book.

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