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Drive through the wilds of Arizona and New Mexico and see those magnificent red sandstone cliff, standing proud in spite of thousands of years of erosion.   It is one of my favorite sights.  It is spectacular to behold.  It tells me that landscapes can be the same for very long times. (more…)

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   Looking back on the first ten years of the twenty-first century and what has happened in mining, we cannot ignore the emphasize on mine closure.  There have been mine closure conferences, many technical papers, and even a few mine closures.  (more…)

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A silly and sad mining story, the end of which we know not.  It is all about blue jeans and pumice mines, environmentalists and miners, fashion and permits, and the ignorance of the public to the benefits of mining.

 First a picture of a rockwall of pumice and tuff.

It started when Levi Strauss made blue jeans for the miner.  Here is a longer rendition of the story:

In 1853, the California gold rush was in full swing, and everyday items were in short supply. Levi Strauss, a 24-year-old German immigrant, left New York for San Francisco with a small supply of dry goods with the intention of opening a branch of his brother’s New York dry goods business. Shortly after his arrival, a prospector wanted to know what Mr. Strauss was selling. When Strauss told him he had rough canvas to use for tents and wagon covers, the prospector said, “You should have brought pants!,” saying he couldn’t find a pair of pants strong enough to last.   Levi Strauss had the canvas made into waist overalls. Miners liked the pants, but complained that they tended to chafe. Levi Strauss substituted a twilled cotton cloth from France called “serge de Nimes.” The fabric later became known as denim and the pants were nicknamed blue jeans.

In the middle is the Copar Pumice Mine in New Mexico. 

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What better way to start the new week with a quiet trip down history’s memory lane.  On the website of the Sante Fe New Mexican is a fascinating posting on the start of mining by the Spanish in New Mexico.   Appears the Spanish merely took over a lead mine, long mined by the Indians:

The principal lead deposit worked by the Indian miners lay three miles west of their village. It was a spectacular vein that came right to the surface, perfectly accessible.  The width of the vein was only about a yard, but the depth of the ore body extended far into the ground. Over the centuries, with nothing more than primitive implements, the Indians had created a deep trench that stretched some 60 yards in length.

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