Abandoned Mines

Take a virtual tour to where you live and see what abandon mine may exist. What waterway is close by?

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While headlines across the country point fingers, hundreds of thousands of similar abandoned and inactive mines lie scattered across the nation.

With all the attention on the problem of abandoned and inactive mines we thought we would try to map some of these other mines that haven’t made headlines (yet). 

However, “most extensive” is a relative term. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States hosts anywhere from 100,000 to 500,000 abandoned mines , while third party reports from the early 1990’s compiled from state-by-state data put the number at over 557,000. While the USGS data contains plenty of information about the type of minerals once produced by these mines, it says little-to-nothing about who is responsible for the site or the status of site reclamation.

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