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USGS Abandoned Mine Lands Research

Presented at the NAAMLP Meeting in Billings, Mont., Sept. 25, 2006

By Kate Johnson and Stan Church

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The following talk was an invited presentation given at the National Association of Abandoned Mine Lands Programs meeting in Billings, Montana on Sept. 25, 2006. The objective of the talk was to outline the scope of the U.S. Geological Survey research, past, present and future, in the area of abandoned mine research. Two large Professional Papers have come out of our AML studies:

  • Nimick, D.A., Church, S.E., and Finger, S.E., eds., 2004, Integrated investigations of environmental effects of historical mining in the Basin and Boulder mining districts, Boulder River watershed, Jefferson County, Montana: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1652, 524 p., 2 plates, 1 DVD, URL:
  • Church, S.E., von Guerard, Paul, and Finger, S.E., eds., 2006, Integrated Investigations of Environmental Effects of Historical Mining in the Animas River Watershed, San Juan County, Colorado: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1651, 1,096 p., 6 plates, 1 DVD (in press).

Additional publications and links can be found on the USGS AML website at URL: or are accessible from the USGS Mineral Resource Program website at URL:

Kate M. Johnson, Mineral Resources Team Coordinator, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 913, Reston VA 20192-0002, 703-648-6110,
Stanley E. Church, Central Mineral Resources Team, Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey, P.O. Box 25046, MS 973, Denver Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225, 303-236-1900.

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Posted November 2006

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