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Chapter 13 discusses the paradigms of geologic life through the mine and inhuman memory. It shows how geology mobilizes a normative mode of materiality and generates the epistemic spatial work of inhuman-inhumane placement, creating the mine as paradigmatic. Two subjective-earth states can be distinguished: (1) those given by extraction and (2) those continuously exposed by extraction processes, such that they are subject to the weight of environmental overburden. These two states are governed through the material and psychic concept of “race” as a means of controlling and stabilizing the geos-bios fracture. The chapter argues that geology does not merely map the earth but transforms its planetary and subjective states, and that changing the narratives of time is a means to decolonize space, in which engaging the not-fossil is a passage into a different materialism that enacts inhuman memory as a future praxis.

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