19th-century mining. Historical artwork of miners in a graphite mine. Graphite is a form of carbon that is mined for a wide variety of uses, such as in pencils, and as an industrial lubricant, and as a heat-resistant material. These industrial uses of graphite increased in the 19th century during the Industrial Revolution. This graphite mine is in Batougal, in the Saiansk Mountains of eastern Siberia, Russia. Engraving published in Mines and Miners (L. Simonin, 1868).
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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