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Large Mines


Fort Knox

Fort Knox Gold Mine near Fairbanks, owned by Kinross Gold (Canadian)

Mining today is a massive industry. Most major mines in Alaska are owned by foreign corporations.

Riddle Ridge

© Sandy Lonsdale
Riddle Ridge Nickel Mine, Oregon

Depending on the distribution of ore, a mine near Tangle Lakes could be open pit or …

Pogo Mine

Pogo Underground Mine near Delta, Alaska

… underground. Even underground mines can have large “footprints.”

Tyrone Copper Mine

© Jim Kuipers
Tyrone Copper Mine, New Mexico

Open pit mines (strip mines) remove the natural features of the land.

Bingham Canyon

Photo courtesy Earthworks
Bingham Canyon Waste Rock: 7 miles long, 1000 feet high

Both open pit and underground mines have waste rock dumps …

Stillwater Mill

© cNorthern Plains Resource Council
Processing Mill, Stillwater Underground Platinum Mine, MT

… mill complexes …

Fort Knox Tailings

Tailings Pond and Dam, Fort Knox Mine near Fairbanks

… and tailing stacks and ponds.

Road Dust-Truck-Bunkhouse

11-Mile Haul Road between True North and Fort Knox, Fairbanks

Transmission lines and access roads extend a mine’s footprint.

Truck-Fugitive Dust

Photo courtesy NAEC
Hauling ore from Red Dog Mine, Northwest Alaska

Health concerns include toxic dust escaping from ore trucks.

Zortman Drainage

Photo courtesy Earthworks
Zortman-Landusky Mine, Montana

Drainage from mines can contain toxic substances, some of which, like this, must be treated forever.

Mt. Polley dam failure

Contents from a tailings pond is pictured going down the Hazeltine Creek into Quesnel Lake near the town of Likely, B.C. on August 5, 2014.
CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Containment dams can fail, with disastrous consequences for fish, wildlife, and humans.