Cornwall and mining are inseparable. The county is dotted with slag heaps, engine houses, and toxic waste sites, but all these bear an enigmatic beauty. While in many countries, mines and equipment are repurposed, torn down, and built over, leaving the industry forgotten, Cornwall holds the spirit of mining and long-lost prosperity within its culture and landscape. Knockers, spirits believed to live below the ground, are said to haunt the mines, and the county's car bumpers are adorned with engine house silhouettes next to anti-holiday let signage and Cornish flags. Cornwall's golden age of mining is celebrated for giving the county wealth, power, and an internationally sought-after mining workforce. However, poverty was still rampant, and the miners' lives were not easy.
Despite Cornwall's innovative mining technology and economic growth on the international stage, more was needed to save the Cornish industry from collapsing due to competition from other countries and plummeting metal prices. Consequently, Cornwall eventually became one of England's most impoverished areas.
Today, Cornwall boasts some of the world's richest lithium and the purest unmined tin deposits, creating a hypothetical economic boom for the area. Mining has returned to Cornwall, promising new prosperity, precious minerals, and growth for the county's economy. 
Veins asks what Cornwall's future will be. What will happen to Cornwall's landscape after the new "undestructive" mining has occurred throughout the county? When money is located within an area, the powers that be tend to extract it without much consideration for the environment. Could Cornwall's landscape be retransformed into an apocalyptic mine waste area? What will happen to Cornwall after its minerals are exhausted? All mining is temporary, and money is not generally shared once extracted from an area. Could Cornwall's second mining age leave it more scarred and depleted than before? 
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