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THE MAN WHO LICKS ROCKS
A Memoir - His Amazing Geological & Mineral Journeys leading to his Deliberations on Climate Change & Global Population-Pandemics
By Raymond J. Mongeau
By Raymond J. Mongeau
Based on years of experience in geology with the Geological Survey of Canada, the mineral exploration and mining investment industries, the author illustrates on how the Earth is constantly changing as it has for the past 4.6 billion years. The massive geological shifts that have happened over earth’s long history have led to various climate changes, including ice ages and warming periods.
Various organizations, including the United Nations’ IPPC and a host of politicians, believe that humans, through global industrial activities, are releasing substantial amounts of C02 emissions into the earth’s atmosphere, thereby leading its atmospheric temperature to rise to a catastrophic level by the year 2100. Geological data illustrate that most of this temperature rise began during the interglacial warm period that began 20,000 years ago, an episode that is unlikely to be an oncoming crisis. Humans are partially responsible for this rising temperature but it is miniscule in comparison to what is released by natural geological events.
We have, however, greater concerns. Our global population is growing at an exponential rate and our agricultural industries may not be able to keep up with the growing demand. This trend that is upon us now is likely to lead to more deadly epidemics and pandemics in the near future if we do not attempt to find ways to stabilize this population growth trend. This could expose the world to comparable, or worst, deadly pandemics as that of the COVID-19 pandemic that has spread across the global population recently.
The author intertwined his concerns described above with his personal geological and mining experiences gathered while in the field and his encounters with some of the most illuminating mining people that one could ever meet – you will find these stories entertaining and informative, many of which have never been previously reported.
About the author
RAYMOND J. MONGEAU
Born in 1937 to Canadian French parents in the city of Sudbury in Northern Ontario. This city is world famous for supplying nickel during both world wars, a metal that was in short supply globally, greatly aiding the Allies to win both wars. After the end of the Second World War my family moved to a small hamlet, namely Gowganda, in Northern Ontario. Its main industries were a lumber sawmill and a number of small, rich silver mines. While a young teenager in Gowganda I got the bug to become a geologist as I was exposed to prospectors and miners. Besides, this isolated hamlet and its surroundings consisted of some of the most rugged rocky landscapes of the Precambrian terrain.
Soon I graduated a geologist and away I went into the field to map geology in eastern Northern Canada including the Canadian Arctic, followed by exploring for base-metal, gold and potash deposits. After a while I got the bug to delved in evaluating mineral properties that led me to the geological consultant and mining investment arenas. Eventually I became a CEO and director of a producing gold mine located not far from Gowganda, of all places.
It was through these geological and mining experiences that I soon realized that climate change is mostly the result of natural geological events and that our major global dilemma today is the exponential growth rate of the world population.