Cryolite, the Canadian aluminium industry and the American occupation of Greenland during the Second World War

  title={Cryolite, the Canadian aluminium industry and the American occupation of Greenland during the Second World War},
  author={Dawn Alexandrea Berry},
  journal={The Polar Journal},
  pages={219 - 235}
  • D. Berry
  • Published 1 December 2012
  • Geology
  • The Polar Journal
On 9 April 1940 Germany invaded Demark. Instantly the fate of Greenland, a Danish colony, was thrust into limbo. The Aluminium Company of Canada (Alcan) had particularly self-interested concerns in the future of the island. In 1940, Greenland was home to the world’s only working mine and known major deposit of natural cryolite, a mineral essential to the aluminium smelting process. The Danish had been in control of cryolite mining and refining since its initial commercial development and a… 
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