Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook: Area reports: domestic 1978-79
Year 1978-79, Volume 2 (1978-1979)
Pittman, Tom L.
Alaska, pp. 43-51 ff. PDF (952.3 KB)
45 THE MINERAL INDUSTRY OF ALASKA Cr) -J -J 0 0 z 0 -J -J 300 200 100 1977 Figure l.—.-Value of sand and gravel and total value of nonfuel mineral production in Alaska. normal progression of otherwise viable prospects to producing mines will be slow until many of the problems facing the private mineral sector are resolved. Most of the problems are due to uncertainties in land tenure, access, and the economic implications of regulations and the permitting requirements of land and resource managing agencies. Some provisions in current and proposed water-rights and in-streamflow legislation are of vital interest. Certain aspects of the developing district coastal zone management programs may become decisive elements in planning some mining, milling, and related transportation projects. Legislation and Government Programs.—In November 1978, Secretary of the Interior Andrus, using authority contained in Section 204 (E) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (PL94579), withdrew from development 110 million acres of Federal lands. In December, President Carter created 17 new national monuments under authority of the Antiquities Act of 1906 covering 56 million acres of the land withdrawn by the Secretary of the Interior. REVIEW BY NONFUEL MINERAL COMMODITIES METALS Copper.—Exploration of a series of copper, zinc, lead, and silver deposits continued along the so-called schist belt in the central Brooks Range. Bear Creek Mining Co. continued work on its very large Arctic Camp deposit and performed necessary work at Bornite. Ambler Mining Co. was formed by the Anaconda Co. and Sunshine Mining Co. to operate certain of their deposits. This company continued a vigorous exploration program. Other companies active in the Ambler district were Union Carbide Corp., Houston Oil and Minerals Corp., General Crude Oil Co., Noranda Exploration, Inc., and Falconbridge Nickel Mines, Ltd. The Orange Hill copper-molybdenum deposit north of the Wrangell Mountains and east of the terminus of Nabesna Glacier was
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