Gold in the Drum Mountains
September 1999 by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhDThe Drum Mountains are located 23 to 30 airline miles northwest of Delta (pop. 2,000), in west-central Utah. The desert mountains rise to 7,233 feet and receive only 8 inches of precipitation a year.
Surging global demand for copper has breathed new life into the mining industry in Chingola, a short drive from the Congolese border on top of some of the richest copper deposits in the world.
…there are loads of different copper minerals, but a large number of them form first in the ground as chalcopyrite and then through the effects of weathering are changed into other minerals like malachite, cuprite and chrysocolla.
San Marino, California—"Boys, I believe I have found a gold mine!" With these simple words, an obscure New Jersey carpenter and mechanic named James W. Marshall set in motion a global cascade of events that dramatically shaped the social and economic life of California and the American West.
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