Modern Perspective on Mining in America

Many times I have heard that people who are working a federal mine claim are getting their gold for free. Here are the latest statistics (Jan. 2017) according to the Mine Safety and Health Administration. There are over 2,300,000,000 square acres in the United States. Mining in the U.S. takes up 5,569,929 acres, or 8,703 square miles. Most of this total is devoted to gravel pits and coal mines. Currently there are only 345 mines producing all types of metals, gold, silver, copper, iron, etc. These 345 mines represent 2.5% of the total mined land, or 217.5 square miles. (139,200 … Continue reading