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The stake in the West's heart

June 4, 1990

The 1872 Mining Law continues to exert inordinate power over development of the West's public lands.

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A tenacious law may lose its grip
The fight over mining in the West may tum out to be one of the bloodiest environmental battles of the 20th century.
A new gold rush hits the West
The new American gold rush is after a different kind of deposit than the veins, nuggets and flakes which tantalized the imagination of the forty-niners. These days the hunt is for low-grade, ore bodies with microscopic gold.

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A primer on the mining law
Development of a mine under the 1872 Mining Law is radically different from development of any other public resource.
A glossary of mining terms
Definitions of "reclamation," "bonding," and "sensitive areas."
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