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Feature of the Week: Smelting in Iceland

Once on the verge of economic and social collapse, a cluster of small coastal villages dotting <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Iceland’s East Fjords are sprouting back to life, a resurgence fueled by one of the world’s largest aluminum smelters.

But the area’s growth has come at the expense of the region’s pristine environment, begging the question: Was spending over one billion dollars, diverting a glacial river and flooding 57 square kilometers of untouched wilderness worth 900 jobs? By Edward Weinman.

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