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Metal Operator Mining Facts - 2006 - Mining Operations
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    In 2006, a total of 280 metal mining operations reported employment to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).1 Metal mines were the smallest mining commodity sector, comprising 1.9% of all mining operations. • Gold mines comprised 46.8% (n=131) of all metal mining operations. Other common types of metal mines were copper ore (n=34; 12.1%), and iron ore (n=33; 11.8%). • Nevada had the largest number of metal mines (n=53; 18.9%), followed by Alaska (n=31; 11.1%).

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