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'Green gold' : the contribution of new caledonia's nickel industry to the 'age of steel' 1870-1920

Black, Philippa Margaret


This thesis explores the local and global contexts for the New Caledonian nickel industry, from the first discovery, in 1864, of a previously unknown type of silicate nickel ore in weathered rocks and soils in the mountains of a small Pacific island that had just eleven years earlier been annexed by France. New Caledonia began exploiting its nickel deposits in 1873 and by 1880 had become the world's major supplier of nickel. In 1890, the demonstration that the addition of nickel toughened steel...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Thesis (PhD)
DOI: 10.25911/5d5fca19bc970
Access Rights: Open Access


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