By Rose Ragsdale
Mining News Contributing Writer 

China, metals prices ignite stampede in Alaska

2003 annual minerals industry report tallies lull before the storm in most sectors


Last updated 12/26/2004 at Noon

What a difference a year makes ... along with a few things like rebounding metals prices, China's voracious appetite for minerals and investors' enduring love affair worldwide with gold.

That's the assessment of Alaska officials after reviewing the state's annual report on mining industry activity in 2003, released in late October.

The cumulative value of Alaska's mining industry in 2003 dipp...

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