Badger Copper Mine
Butte-Silver Bow, Montana
The Badger Copper Mine is in Butte-Silver Bow, Montana. Historically the site has been associated with the Butte Mining District which is now part of the Deerlodge National Forest. The Badger Copper Mine was closed at the time of data entry with no known plans to re-open. Mine operations consist of 3 distinct underground workings. There are a total of 3 shafts. Subsurface depth reaches a maximum of 621 meters (2,037 feet) and extends 11,306 meters (37,093 feet) in length. The mining method is horizontal cut and fill with tailings. Mine capacity in 1981 was 1128 mt ore/day with a production unit cost of 46.66 $/mt ore. The ore body is described as tabular shaped 150 meters (492 feet) long, 107 meters (351 feet) wide, and 22 meters (74 feet) thick. The Northern Rocky Mountains physiographic province of the Rocky Mountain System characterize the geomorphology of the surrounding area.
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THE ANACONDA COMPANY HAS NO PRESENT PLANS TO RESUME ZINC MINING BUT THE SYNDICATE VEIN RESOURCES AND THE NEAR SURFACE RESOURCES AROUND THE ALICE PIT ARE BEING REEVALUATED BECAUSE OF RECENT SILVER AND ZINC PRICE INCREASES. THIS EVALUATION INCLUDES FIVE BUTTE ZINC MINES WHICH HAVE THE LARGEST POTENTIALLY MINEABLE REMAINING RESOURCES. THE EVALUATION INCLUDES THE ALICE ANSELMO BADGER, LEXINGTON, AND MOUNTAIN CON. MINES. 1985 UPDATE. NO ACTIVITY AT MINE SINCE 1981. NARROW VEIN WIDTHS AND LENGTHS ARE AVERAGES OF FIVE SEPARATE BLOCKS.
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SUBSIDENCE ABOVE THE BLOCK CAVE AND SUBLEVEL CAVE RESOURCES WOULD BE THE MOST SERIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN.
THE PRODUCTION ZINC-LEAD RATIO OF 5. 75 TO 1 (MILLER, 1973).
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Other deposits in the same region.
Badger Silver Mine
Niagara Silver Mine
Moose Manganese Mine
Unnamed Copper Occurrence
Moose Silver Mine
Corra Copper Mine
Niagra Zinc Mine
West Grey Rock Mine
Diamond Copper Mine
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1 World-class significance is determined by total endowment of the contained commodity. This includes all past production and remaining reserves. Each commodity is considered separately and commodities cannot be combined to arrive at a significant size. The tonnage thresholds are from the mine model grade-tonnage studies. As of June 2008, many entries were classified as significant under less strict rules.
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