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DZRT:
Man, this is killing me, this English class.  ::)

I'm trying to make as painless as possible by picking an interesting... and important topic for this research paper: Destructive mining techniques should stop and responsible mining practices should be employed. Researching this topic could actually be practical because it relates to our beliefs of "tread lightly" and "leave no trace". I could actually learn something!!!  :o

I am interested in these situations:
Carlota mine
Resolution Copper Company
Rosemont mine
Grand Canyon Uranium Mining

I'm not really sure at the moment what direction I will go from here. But I'm taking suggestions and comments.

Might be really neat to interview someone who has some kind of weight on this issue. OR maybe to do a road trip or wheeling trip!!! I mean, to visit some kind of place of interest or to survey something.

XCJ:
Sounds like a fun topic.  Found an article on copper demand that is interesting: http://www.azstarnet.com/business/212184

I know you're a map junkie, so make sure to check out the map on the right side of the page about halfway down in the pictures section.

Have you thought about trying to talk with somebody related to the field in the Miami/Globe area?  I'm not too familiar with copper mining, but have noticed how much the people out that way rely on the industry.

RiNkY:
The Uranium mining at Grand Canyon was in the news recently.  http://americas.irc-online.org/am/6386

DZRT:
Thanks for the input Rinky and XJC!

I found a lot of interesting articles yesterday on the subject, specifically on Rosemont. Here is one that sticks out in my mind:

I found an article about a guy that lives in one of the ghost towns near the proposed site of the Rosemont mine. Kinda sad, I think, because the guy moves away form the city to get away from people and now his "backyard" is being threatened. The article talked about "jeep trails" going through there, so one of you out there probably knows it.
http://www.tredaily.com/2008/08/14/rosemont-our-proposed-copper-mine/

The Rosemont mine people do tours for the public. Might be kind of interesting to do that. It's a few hours away though.

I do need to find some people to talk to that rely on the industry. Personally, I see the importance of both sides of the controversy. We all know that copper made Arizona who it is today (thus the copper star in our state flag, I just learned that  ::) ).

For today, I think my curiosity will take me to researching the reclamation process. Rosemont proposes a huge reclamation plan that includes employing the kids from ASU and spending millions of bucks. Basically, they will scrap off the top layer, put it aside for 20 some-odd years and then put it back... like cutting the top off of a cake, putting it aside, digging a hole to take out the yummy filling, putting the top back on, adding birthday candles, and then singing happy birthday with a big ol' smile.
I wonder if this has been successfully done before.... And I wonder if they would put that jeep trail back.  ;D J/k.  And what would prevent a mining company from not skipping town after they are all done mining and completing the reclamation project. Humm…

Update to share: I found a cool circular by the USGS on Reclaimation: http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/2000/c1191/c1191.pdf

timh:
Rosemont is a nice area.  It has jeep trails, quad trails, picnic areas.  As a 4wheeler and quad rider I am torn, I hate to see the area go, but at the same time I know we really need the industry :(

I guess either way you look at it, they are going to mine somewhere, they can't just stop doing it!  I like the idea of trying to restore the land back to the way it was prior to mining.  There is another mine down near near Mammoth that shut down years ago and they reshaped the hillsides back to their natural form but there is little or no vegetation and the area is still closed to the public?????

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