WHAT HAPPEN WHEN
A MINE IS ABANDONED?
Picture taken by Rafael Ibáñez Fernández on December 11th 2005. Under GNU Free Documentation License.
It is a roman gold mine abandoned in the III century.
Production: arround 1,500,000 kg of gold thoght 250 years. 20,000 lb per year (as Plinius the Elder).
Removed more than 500,000,000 cubic meters of land.
Technique: Ruina Montium. The land was removed useing big flows of water.
Mining Ruin : Coto Wagner
Company: Minero Siderúrgica de Ponferrada S.A.
Location: San Miguel de las Dueñas, León, Spain.
Exploiting period: 1951 - 1991 Polution Hot Spot
Very Steep Slope
Metals & Acid Mine Drainage.
Who is Responsible?
Liks to information about abandoned mines in the U.S.
U.S. Departament of the Interior. Bureau of Land Management:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:
U.S. Geological Survey:
Abandoned Mine Lands:
NYS Departament of Environmental Conservation