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November 2, 2018

West's old mines hold danger for some, adventure for others

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST
Associated Press

EUREKA, Utah — Underneath the mountains and deserts of the U.S. West lie hundreds of thousands of abandoned mines, an underground world that can hold serious danger and unexpected wonder.

They are a legacy of the region's prospecting past, when almost anyone could dig a mine and then walk away, with little cleanup required, when it stopped producing.


 
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