Thompson Creek mine

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Thompson Creek mine
Location
Custer County, Idaho
Country United States
Coordinates 44°18′58″N114°33′06″W / 44.31611°N 114.55167°W / 44.31611; -114.55167 Coordinates: 44°18′58″N114°33′06″W / 44.31611°N 114.55167°W / 44.31611; -114.55167
Production
Products Molybdenum

The Thompson Creek mine is one of the largest molybdenum mines in the United States. [1] The mine is located in northern United States in Idaho. [1] The Thompson Creek mine has reserves amounting to 205 million tonnes of molybdenum ore grading 0.06% molybdenum thus resulting 123,000 tonnes of molybdenum. [1]

Molybdenum Chemical element with atomic number 42

Molybdenum is a chemical element with symbol Mo and atomic number 42. The name is from Neo-Latin molybdaenum, from Ancient Greek Μόλυβδος molybdos, meaning lead, since its ores were confused with lead ores. Molybdenum minerals have been known throughout history, but the element was discovered in 1778 by Carl Wilhelm Scheele. The metal was first isolated in 1781 by Peter Jacob Hjelm.

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Thompson Creek Mine, Idaho. Thompson Creek Mine Idaho.jpg
Thompson Creek Mine, Idaho.
The Thompson Creek molybdenum mine in Western US. Thompson Creek Molybdenum Pit Mine.jpg
The Thompson Creek molybdenum mine in Western US.
Thompson Creek Mine tailing pond in Salmon-Challis National Forest. Thompson Creek Mine Tailing Pond.jpg
Thompson Creek Mine tailing pond in Salmon-Challis National Forest.

See also

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Thompson Creek Metals

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References

  1. 1 2 3 "Thompson Creek mine". Thompson Creek Metals. 2012. Retrieved 2013-07-24.