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Ian Wallace


Year 1989
Publisher Daw Books Inc
ISBN 0886773512



A galactic jet of destruction was the force Dino Trigg had chosen to take revenge on his mentor Croyd, the leader of Sol Galaxy.  Trigg, Croyd's first minister and the natural heir to hid power, first sought to oust Croyd by controlling the outcome of the galactic elections.  But his unique talents for mental persuasion could not hope to match the abilities of his master, and Croyd easily won re-election.

Deprived of what he considered his rightful position, Trigg swore he'd have his revenge, not only upon Croyd but upon all the civilized worlds.  His doomsday weapon would be the Magellanic Clouds, which he would use to form a new galaxy.  And this very act of creation would serve as the catalyst to release a deadly stream of energy aimed right for the heart of Sol galaxy!




Megalomania is the remarkable story of two godlike beings, Croyd - Chairman of Sol Galaxy, and Dino Trigg - First Minister of Sol Galaxy, and the struggle that ensues when Trigg, failing to oust Croyd from the Chairmanship of Sol Galaxy, launches a cosmic vendetta against him.


Berkeley Pit



Credit: NASA

Berkeley Pit: Butte, Montana
Mined for gold, silver, and copper, the region of Butte, Montana, had already earned the nickname of "The Richest Hill on Earth" by the end of the 19th century. Demand for electricity increased demand for copper so much that by World War I, the city of Butte was a boomtown. Well before World War I, however, copper mining had spurred the creation of an intricate complex of underground drains and pumps to lower the groundwater level and continue the extraction of copper. Water extracted from the mines was so rich in dissolved copper sulfate that it was also "mined" by chemical precipitation for the copper it contained. In 1955, copper mining in the area expanded with the opening of the Berkeley Pit. The mine took advantage of the existing subterranean drainage and pump network to lower groundwater until 1982, when a new owner suspended operations. After the pumps were turned off, water from the surrounding rock basin began seeping into the pit. By the time an astronaut on the International Space Station took this picture on August 2, 2006, water in the pit was more than 275 meters (900 feet) deep.

This image shows many features of the mine workings, such as the terraced levels and access roadways of the open mine pits (gray and tan sculptured surfaces). A large gray tailings pile of waste rock and an adjacent tailings pond appear to the north of the Berkeley Pit. Color changes in the tailings pond result primarily from changing water depth. Because its water contains high concentrations of metals such as copper and zinc, the Berkeley Pit is listed as a federal Superfund site.

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