National Geographic : 1970 Jul
EKTACHROME I hopped three steps forward and two back; modern marchers have modified the walk into zigzagging a few steps to the right and a few to the left. Roman Catholics come from all over Europe for the event. A long exposure gives the figures an ethereal blur. the air, and outside of town I looked at a scene of desolation: a great red-brown man made hill of jumbled waste earth and rock, stripped away to get at the ore; miles of tree less, grassless open-pit mines; rumbling steel tracked digging machines. Out of the smoke, dirt, and noise comes prosperity: 5,500,000 tons of steel a year, a gross annual production worth $600,000,000. When I visited ARBED, it was trying to increase NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY prosperity even more through modernization. I saw an example of this at one of the con verters, a sooty furnace with a maw that could swallow 130 tons of pig iron in a gulp. In the middle of the noisy building I found a dust proof, soundproof, glass-walled office, and in the office stood an IBM computer that quietly ran the whole operation-from an alyzing the content of pig iron and quality of steel to calculating salaries of employees.