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Cape Breton - Nova Scotia
Scenic Tour link. http://capebretonisland.com/Scenic_Tour/tour_intro.html
|Mining in Cape
Cape Breton is famous for the coal mines in its rocky land. When explorers and settlers came here in the 1500's and 1600's they were interested in the coal they found. They could even see it in the rocks and cliffs. Coal used to be burned for heat in houses and factories, used by blacksmiths to melt iron, and later in train engines to create steam to run the trains. Now it is not used as much because of pollution so the mines are shut down. In Nova Scotia we still get some of our electricity from burning coal to turn the generators. It is still used a lot in other parts of the world too. New experiments are being made mixing coal and water to make a cleaner burning fuel. Maybe some of the mines will be used again some day. Some mines now are used for tourist attractions and retired miners take people on tours of old mines.
They used horses down in the mines to pull the carts loaded with coal. Boys used to work in the mines too because they could go in small spaces. The story "Pit Pony" by Joyce Barkhouse is about a boy and a Sable Island pony who worked in the mine in the early 1900's.
Some mines in Cape Breton go right out under the water of the ocean. This is dangerous because the mine could flood .
"Men of the Deeps" is a chorus of miners from Cape Breton who have sung all over the world.
|Film Industry Cape Breton attracts tourists that spend money on the island because it is so beautiful. But Film companies are also using it. You can see how Cape Breton is advertising for film business if you go to http://www.filmcapebreton.com/index.htm There are good pictures of Cape Breton to see what it is like.|
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