Facts on Copper, Nickel and Precious-Metals Mining

  • Minnesota is home to one of the world’s largest deposits of copper, nickel and precious metals.

  • Copper—a critical metal needed for hybrid cars and wind turbines—is essential for a green economy.

  • There is only one active nickel mine in the U.S., yet our country consumes 202,000 tons of nickel annually.

  • Mining will provide more than $2 billion for the Minnesota Permanent School Trust Fund.

  • Copper, nickel and precious-metals mining will create jobs for generations—possibly 100 years or more.

  • Nonferrous refers to any mineral or natural material that does not contain iron. Nonferrous mining typically refers to critical and strategic metals, which include copper, nickel, cobalt, and precious metals, including platinum, palladium, gold and silver.

  • A sulfide is any compound or mineral in which a metallic ion is bonded with sulphur ions. Sulfide deposits can contain copper, nickel and precious metals.

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News | February 9, 2021

U.S. Mines Produced $82 Billion in Minerals Last Year [Infographic]

Forbes Niall McCarthy  (Feb. 4, 2021) https://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2021/02/04/us-mines-produced-82-billion-in-minerals-last-year-infographic/?sh=f88370e4bad6   The U.S. Geological Survey has announced that American mines produced approximately $82.3 billion worth of minerals last year, lower than the $83.7 billion unearthed in 2019. The figure comes from the 26th… Read More ›


News | February 4, 2021

Editorial Counterpoint: Buy American? Block Minnesota Mining? Choose One.

Star Tribune Lisa Rudstrom  (Feb. 3. 2021) https://www.startribune.com/editorial-counterpoint-buy-american-block-minnesota-mining-choose-one/600018656/   *Lisa Rudstrom teaches high school physics, chemistry and environmental science at Virginia High School in the newly formed Rock Ridge school district and serves on the board of directors for Better… Read More ›

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