National Geographic : 1985 Apr
Ore Mountain, a 1,500-meter peak of manganese-richiron deposits (left), is mined for the advancedAustriansteel industry. Producingfertilizers and chemicals-aswell as environmental concern-industrialworks at Linz (below) release pollutants. Robot express, guided by inductionwires embedded in the floor (right), trundles engine blocks on demand to workers who mate them to transmissionsat the Vienna GeneralMotors plant, completed in 1982. With ample minerals, hydroelectricpower, labor stability, and efficient agriculture,the Austrian economy, a mix ofprivate and nationalized enterprises,has been vigorous and prosperous.