The Keane Wonder Mine is now open! Step back in time and experience one of the most unique historical mining sites in Death Valley! On November 7th, 2017, the Keane Wonder Mine was reopened after it's closure in 2008. Operating in the early 1900s, the Keane Wonder Mine was one of the most successful gold mines in Death Valley. It now remains as one of the best examples of a historical gold mining operation in Death Valley National Park. What is truly unique about this site is the well-preserved aerial tramway that still has the cables attached. The area was closed in 2008 due to safety concerns. During the closure, the National Park Service covered 50 mine openings and stabilized multiple structures, including several tramway towers and the upper and lower tram terminals. In addition, multiple rounds of soil sampling were done to determine the contents of the tailings and the extent of the tailings spread. When you visit the mine, please do not climb on th buildings, equipment, or tramway. Though stabilized, they are not safe to climb on. To learn more visit: https://www.nps.gov/deva/learn/historyculture/keane-wonder-mine.htm Produced by the National Park Serviceice in association with Bristlecone Media and Death Valley Natural History Association, the official nonprofit partner of Death Valley National Park. Funding for this video has been provided by a grant from Rio Tinto.
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The much discussed Montana meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation is now well underway. Delegates from APEC's 21 member countries will discuss ways to improve trade relations over the next two weeks. Monday, the APEC Mining task force toured the Yellowstone Talc Mine outside of Ennis. Mining experts from as far as China, Australia, Malaysia and Chile saw the inner workings of the mine. The talc mine exports to many Asia and Pacific markets. Mine officials said it a great way to showcase how a rural mine fits into the global economy.
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The history of Death Valley is intimately connected with the California gold rush and dreams of striking it big. Today, the National Park Service protects many of these early mining sites allowing us to catch a glimpse of a bygone era. Watch our fourth episode of Death Valley Explorer and discover how miners extracted gold at the Skidoo stamp mill, the largest water powered stamp mill in the Mojave Desert. Death Valley Explorer is a video podcast series that highlights the rich environmental and heritage landscapes of Death Valley National Park. Produced by the National Park Service in association with Bristlecone Media and Death Valley Natural History Association, the official nonprofit partner of Death Valley National Park. This video was funded by a donation from Rio Tinto Borates.
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