What happens to abandoned mines?

Lots More Information

Related HowStuffWorks Articles

More Great Links


  • Buxton, Herbert T. “A science-based, watershed strategy to support effective remediation of abandoned mine lands.” U.S. Geological Survey. 1997. http://amli.usgs.gov/reports/icard97/icard97.html
  • Hughes, Robert, EPCAMR. “Funding for abandoned mine reclamation.” Watersheds. 2006. http://www.greentreks.org/watershedstv/more_information/featuredtopic_AbandonedMine.asp
  • Schneider, Keith. “Old peril of abandoned mines stirs call for action in West.” New York Times. April 27, 1993. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F0CE7D61238F934A15757C0A965958260&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
  • “Abandoned mine and quarry accidents claim about 30 lives per year.” Geology. http://geology.com/articles/abandoned-mines.shtml
  • “Colorado: Abandoned mine lands.” U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management. December 28, 2007. http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Programs/aml.html
  • “Congressman Salazar moves to improve water quality, clean up abandoned mine sites.” Office of Congressman John T. Salazar, Third District of Colorado. March 30, 2006. http://www.house.gov/list/press/co03_salazar/goodsam.html
  • “Earthworks’ Senate testimony on Good Sam legislation.” Earthworks. June 15, 2006. http://www.earthworksaction.org/pubs/20060615_EARTHWORKS_GoodSam_testimony.pdf
  • “Groups seek to close superfund law loophole.” Earthjustice. March 12, 2008. http://www.earthjustice.org/news/press/2008/cleanup-tab-should-not-fall-to-public.html
  • “Projecting reclamation in design: Initiating conversations.” Harvard University Graduate School of Design. December 3, 2004. http://projects.gsd.harvard.edu/prex/lectures.htm
  • “U.S. tourist falls into mine in Mexico, dies.” Associated Press. July 22, 2007. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19889862