Pine Creek and Tungsten Mining

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Pine Creek and Tungsten Mining

Post by rlown » Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:02 am

Thought this was interesting..

[youtube_vid]<iframe width="1333" height="687" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5BSDrocE6u4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>[/youtube_vid]








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Post by austex » Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:20 am

WOW thx. I never knew how big an operation it was.

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Post by Gazelle » Sun Oct 22, 2017 1:48 pm

That was awesome thank you!
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Post by wildhiker » Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:16 pm

Very educational. My impression is that this mine no longer operates. Is that true? If so, when did it shut down?
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Post by Tom_H » Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:50 am

Very interesting. Thanks! Still used in drill bits. Disappearing in light bulbs. The Pentagon has been looking at tungsten for use in a kinetic energy warhead. It's so hard and has such a high melting temperature that a tungsten rod launched on an ICBM could hit a target with as much (kinetic) energy as a small nuke, yet leave no radioactive fallout. The warhead nickname is The Rod of God.
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Post by markskor » Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:03 am

wildhiker wrote:Very educational. My impression is that this mine no longer operates. Is that true? If so, when did it shut down?
-Phil
PINE CREEK MINE
The Pine Creek mine began its history in the early 1900s when tungsten was discovered high on the flank of Wheeler Ridge, a few miles above Bishop. It wasn't mined on a large scale until the 1910s. This tungsten mine was one of the major producers in the United States through WWII. The mine continued its operation through the 1990s and the mill ceased production in 2000. However, the mill is set and ready to go back into production should the need for tungsten or the prices rise.
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Post by gary c. » Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:53 am

There is a pretty long thread about the mine over on the Rock Creek site so I shared the video link there as well. Some of you might be interested in some of the history and pictures so here is a link.

http://www.rockcreeklake.com/board/index.php?topic=55.0
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Post by Dave_Ayers » Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:38 am

Good stuff. Doing the north Italy Pass loop (JMT, up Mono Creek, etc.) involves a few miles walk down the old mining road (bulldozer crushed talus) and through the mine. Did that in the 70's when the mine was operating. The flat areas below the mine (the filled in flat areas seen in this photo below) used to be leach ponds with odd greenish colorings. I imagine those areas are well contaminated with various chemicals.
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I do wish they would remove the old rusting debris near the trails and rock climbing area.

The geology of that general area is pretty cool with all the criss-crossing dikes and veins.
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Re: Pine Creek and Tungsten Mining

Post by fishmonger » Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:00 am

The video in the first post seems to be gone from Youtube. I found this one - likely the same thing?

I had no idea about the scale of that mine and where the actual action takes place (2.5 miles in and a mile up from the entrance inside the mountain)

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