Alaska's mineral industry 2014

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Alaska may have a golden heart, but on this silver anniversary of the resumption of large-scale mining in the state it is noteworthy that zinc has been galvanizing Alaska’s economy for a quarter century. In 1989 Red Dog and Greens Creek mines started production; in the intervening 25 years the two mines have collectively produced more than 14 million tons of zinc, 2.8 million tons of lead, and 328 million ounces of silver, with byproduct copper, gold, and germanium (tables 20 and 23; appendix C). Both mines have identified resources (appendix F) sufficient for another 15 years of mining and are actively exploring to expand the identified resource base.

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  • critical issues, database publication, mineral resources, alaska