Friday, January 18, 2013

Mining claims up in Arizona

In early January 2013 Arizona had 49,255 mining claims compared to 43,652 in early January 2012. Breakdown by claim type was 39,833 lode claims, 6,969 placer claims, 2429 millsites, and 24 tunnel sites, as reported on the BLM's LR2000 web site.

AZGS Econ Geology chief Nyal Niemuth opines that this is a surprising increase in number of claims after the Interior Secretary's million-acre Colorado Plateau uranium withdrawal, the new fees on association placer claims, and the lack of easy money for Canadian juniors. The claims number exceeds the recent high of 2008, but is nowhere near the all time high of 144,000 claims in the 1980s.  [Right, updated 1-24-13, 7:15 pm - map of mining claims.  locales in Arizona]

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:39 AM

    Let's turn the State into one vast open-pit.That should make everyone happy, all the politicians who receive money from the miners can all leave and bask in the sunshine of a less mining friendly State. Florida looks good, they only got carbonate bedrock.They where never blessed with any volcanic activity.

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    1. Anonymous5:54 PM

      All the mined lands of all types in Arizona occupy less area than the Pima county road system.

      Thus lets expell enviros like the above nut.

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