Canary in a coal mine live
Canary in the Coal Mine by Madelyn RosenbergBitty is a canary whose courage more than makes up for his diminutive size. Of course, as a bird who detects deadly gas leaks in a West Virginia coal mine during the Depression, he is used to facing danger. Tired of unsafe working conditions, he escapes and hops a coal train to the state capital to seek help in improving the plights of miners and their canaries. While there, Bitty manages to bring together two men: a state senator and the inventor of a machine that can replace canaries. But Bittys return to Coalbank Hollow coincides with a shattering mining accident that affects humans and canaries alike.
In the tradition of E.B. White and George Selden, Madelyn Rosenberg has written and extraordinary novel starring unforgettable animals in an incredibly imaginative society
The Story of the Real Canary in the Coal Mine
They are such a beautiful, tiny little creatures weighing in at grams or two to three sheets of paper. Living deep down in a dusty coal mine, the role of this fragile bird was simply to breathe. If the canary, with its tiny delicate lungs is no longer breathing, or even becomes silent, this is taken as a dire warning to the miners that danger is imminent. It is a sign that there is excessive carbon monoxide and possibly other toxic gasses in the air and the coal miners need to take action and evacuate the mine immediately. If the miners happen to ignore a canary in distress, the outcome could be catastrophic. This is the "Canary in the Coal Mine" in a literal sense. Thirty years ago, the introduction of the electronic carbon monoxide alarm became a much more humane early warning system for deadly gasses in coal mines, and the job of the long-serving yellow feathered friend of the coal miner became redundant.
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Never mind the gas—it was automation that got them in the end.
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Lee Dorsey - Working In The Coal Mine (1966)
The phrase a , or the , canary in a , or the , coal mine denotes an early indicator of potential danger or failure. It refers to the former practice of taking live canaries into coal mines to test for the presence of toxic gases, particularly carbon monoxide, the illness or death of the canaries serving as an indication that such gases were present. The earliest mention of this practice that I have found is from the Yorkshire Telegraph and Star Sheffield, Yorkshire of Friday 21 st December , which gave an account of the inquest that had been held the previous day at Ouston, near Chester-le-Street, on the four victims of an explosion at Arpeth pit:. Blackett, a mining expert, said that along with the Mines Inspector he made an attempt to reach the scene of the explosion, taking with him a canary in a cage, a safety lamp, and an electric hand lamp. They were well equipped to explore the workings with safety. Upon reaching a point beyond which it had hitherto been impossible to penetrate, they got a competent man to test the place with a safety lamp, and finding only a small bluecap, he took a deep breath, and with the electric lamp and the bird he made a rapid advance, left the bird , and retired. Returning with the safety lamp, and finding the bird on its perch, he advanced again and again in the same way, until he and the inspector came to the place where a body was lying.
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