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Presentation on the town Kiruna in Sweden

Sunday Maj 19, 2024, 4:00pm
at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
3264 Northside Pkwy NW, Atlanta, GA 30327

Calling all Members and Friends:

Please join us for a presentation on the town Kiruna in northern Sweden.

The meeting starts at 4pm with “fika” (please bring something to share) followed by a business meeting before the presentation on Kiruna by Ralph Howard, see below:

KIRUNA, SWEDEN: A City Moves for Metal

Kiruna is a town of about 20,000 in the far north of Sweden. The town was formed in 1900, but only because it has one of the world’s largest iron deposits, and because the railroads arrived so that iron could be shipped out. Continuous mining followed, and today the Kiruna mine is probably the largest and most modern underground iron ore mine on Earth. Iron from Kiruna was important in the rise of Sweden as a European power after 1600, as a major iron source in the Second World War, and today is recognized as a global strategic resource.

At the mine, underground mining activity has caused subsidence (sinking) of areas of the town itself and, in 2004, planning began for a move of the town center of almost two miles. Work began in 2007, continues today, and is estimate to require another 16 years to complete (2040). The presentation will include rock samples of iron ore and magnetite ore that attendees can “get a grip on.” Join us for an exploration of a truly remarkable place!


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