Orphan Boy Mine http://mtpr.org en When your lab class is 100 feet underground http://mtpr.org/post/when-your-lab-class-100-feet-underground <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Montana Tech mining engineering junior Krystal Martin and the eight other students in her lab class were taking turns using a heavy, pneumatic, jack-leg drill to bore six foot holes into a solid rock wall last Friday. It&rsquo;s definitely louder than the average college lab course, and rather than crisp, white lab coats, students wear mud-soaked work boots, dust streaked faces and hard hats.</span></p><p>About 22,000 men worked the underground mines of Butte at the city&rsquo;s peak, hauling 20,000 tons of ore back to the surface every day.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 17:25:47 +0000 Dan Boyce 9394 at http://mtpr.org When your lab class is 100 feet underground