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Picks & Pans: Mining Tungsten Ore—A Case History

In 1977, when the price of tungsten hit one of its highs, three of us formed U.S. Western Mines to look for scheelite, the mineral ore of tungsten. Union Carbide Corporation was purchasing raw tungsten ore at...

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Online Mining Classes Now Available at Mackay


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Asarco Accepts Phelps Dodge Buyout


Asarco Inc. accepted a sweetened buyout offer from Phelps Dodge Corp., setting up a three-way, $2.9 billion deal that will make Phelps Dodge the world's largest copper producer.

First Woman to Draw Mining Pension


For generations, men willing to endure physical labor have been able to make a decent living working as miners on the Marquette Iron Range. But it has been only in the last 25 years that the open-pit facilities have given women the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and dig into hard labor.

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Two companies are looking to mine the largest known iron ore deposit in the West—a 50-year supply at a rate of 1 million metric tons a year.

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