Desert Mines

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This is one of many abandoned structures just across the road from what the DeLorme map indicates at the Nikolaus Eureka Mine. The rocks were hauled up a long ramp to the top of this structure, then probably crushed and extracted below. There were many different cement foundations in the area, most of the wood is completely gone.

Just a little ways away is a very nasty looking tailings pool. I did not get very close to this pool and I made sure to stay upwind at all times. It was rich in some kind of mineral. Most of the mines in this area were lead/silver mines. I don't know what was processed at this particular mine, but the rock piles in the area were stained bright green.

The desert drys things out very well indeed. Here is a small bar of Jergens soap, as dried out as it can be.

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