This is the bucket wheel excavator, one of the world’s most massive pieces of mobile equipment. It’s used in mining to rip into the Earth. The soil and whatnot that is on top of, say, a coal deposit, is known as “overburden,” and a bucket wheel excavator makes short work of it.

How can a culture which creates such monstrosities possibly live harmoniously with the complex set of interdependent relationships that make up the living Earth?

This is madness.

2 thoughts on “Bucket Wheel Excavator

  1. Oh god. I’m glad someone else sees these things as an icon of the insanities of civilization and mechanization. They look like something out of a nightmare. They’re so relentless and methodical in how they chew up the earth.

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