Discovery of the Mountain Pass REO Deposit
May 2001 by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhDHow does one go about discovering a rare earth oxide (REO) deposit when he is not familiar with the rare and unusual rocks and minerals that are found in such deposits? That was the case at Mountain Pass, California, yet the deposit was eventually discovered and mined.
When I read about these new discoveries, I often wonder how the original operators ignored all the additional ore. Yet this has happened again and again in Nevada and many other places.
Higher gold prices helped boost Nevada’s mining industry in 2003 despite a decline in production for the third straight year.
One of the reasons I am bringing this article forward to readers now is that the mine personnel are celebrating the production of 150 million ounces of silver since 1986.
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