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San Manuel Mine Officially Closes With a Bang

One of the largest underground copper mines in the world officially closed mid-January, as demolition crews blasted its twin smelter stacks.

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Melman on Gold & Silver


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PLP Update & Legislative and Regulatory Update


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Alaska's Cripple Creek Mining District


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