Only a handful of operating mines exist in Alaska, but with theprice of gold and other metals booming, more than 75 new mines areproposed, according to a new online map that provides key factsabout mineral prospects stretching from the treeless AleutianIslands to the frigid Brooks Range to rain-soaked Southeast Alaska. From the Gold Rush era to today’s trio of gold-mining realityseries, Alaska has long been known for its hardrock dreams. But just how big is the potential? More massive than you mightthink. What we already know is huge. CAT Turbocharger
In Northwest Alaska, Red Dog, one ofthe world’s largest zinc mines, continues to expand. In Southeast,gold ore from Kensington Mine helped boost the state’s exports toChina by $92 million last year. And Pogo Mine near Delta Junction recently announced another big find. There are also eye-popping prospects, such as the internationallyknown Pebble mine project, locked in a bitter battle of extremes.Development fans say it could be the continent’s biggest gold mine.Opponents say it may destroy the world’s most valuable wild salmonfishery. Another big gold prospect, Donlin Gold, is near the middleKuskokwim River. Other Series Manufacturer
And state leaders are working hard to promote Alaska’s rare-earth mineral prospects to topple China’s near-monopoly and provide the building blocksfor modern gadgets like cell phones and solar cells. But those are just the newsmakers. The truth is, where there’s amountain, there’s a mine in the making. Our state is chock full ofprospects, more than 75 of them peppering nearly every corner ofthe state. Mining junkies can thank Ground-Truth Trekking for providing the specifics. Isuzu Turbo Kits
The founding couple of Bretwood Higman and Erin McKittrick, known for lengthy treks across Alaska on foot and paddling as wellas a unique lifestyle that was featured in the New York Times , has served up an online encyclopedia and map pinpointing existing mines, newly abandoned ones and dozens ofprospects. In an email, Higman said the map project was started to end themystery for villagers who sometimes were left wondering whyhelicopters whoop-whooped overhead. The map, and details about eachprospect, is a nice burst of reality for those trying to betterunderstand what’s happening in the nation’s biggest state. It’salso a welcome change from the hyped-up world of shows like Bering Sea Gold , Gold Rush Alaska , and the Goldfathers . Maybe all this reality will get lawmakers moving on updating themining tax, which hasn’t been raised in nearly six decades and in2011 brought the state a measly $140 million.
Conact Alex DeMarban at alex(at)alaskadispatch.com.