Our new autumn journal Dark Mountain: Issue 20 – ABYSS is now here! From Our Books Issue 20 – ABYSS. illustrations added. Shared with thanks
The Berkley Pit
Standing on the brink, before the towering back wall of the Berkeley, whose semi-circular sloping terraces resemble a gigantic Greek amphitheater, one is overtaken by a sense of doom…
The Pit– Edwin C. Dobb, ‘The Age of the Sacrifice Zone’, EXTRACTION: Art on the Edge of the Abyss
Viewed from the edge, the pit is a théâtre du sacrifice. The gateway to dominion is also a staircase to hell – Milton’s ‘wild Abyss’, the womb and grave of nature.
In 2016, tens of thousands of snow geese, midway through their winter migration from Alaska to northern Mexico, diverted from their route in order to avoid a storm. Many landed on a blue lake at the bottom of a deep crater. But the water was not right; it hurt.
SEE ALSO… Indigenous burn down toxic #Aruntani Gold Mine as General Strikes for the planet spread in Peru with a wave of Direct Action and road blockades.https://wp.me/pIJl9-mOa The Californians make art about it while tolerating up to half a million fracking wells. The Peruvian Indigenous BURN THE BASTARD DOWN
Within minutes the exhausted birds were dropping dead in their thousands. Officials from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, examining the corpses afterwards, found burns inside their bodies, evidence of the cadmium, copper, arsenic, zinc and sulphuric acid they had sought to shelter on.