The Earth‘s Riches: Nickel from New Caledonia (2004)
New Caledonia, a group of islands in the Pacific, lives off nickel. The ore makes up more than 90% of the exports for this French overseas territory. The mines resemble the terraced rice cultivation in Asia, and they stretch along the mountains across many kilometers. This episode tells us about the significance of nickel for our lives. Without nickel, there would be no stainless steel, no fast engines, no space station and certainly no high-performance data transfer. We see the consequences of the wide-spread mining of nickel for the people and their environment in New Caledonia. We examine the long journey from mining and processing to the transformation from steel into stainless steel.