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Yankee Doodle Tailings Pond in Butte, Montana

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The Yankee Doodle Tailings Pond in Butte, Montana, is used as a dumping site for leftover materials f
 
June 19 · Issue #289 · View online
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The Yankee Doodle Tailings Pond in Butte, Montana, is used as a dumping site for leftover materials from nearby copper mines. It covers an area of roughly 2.5 square miles (6.5 sq. km) and is contained by a 650-foot (200 m) tall earthen dam — one of the largest of its kind in the United States. To help offset the acidity of mine waste, lime rock is added to create a non-acidic tailings slurry.
46°02'37.3"N, 112°30'23.2"W

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