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By Shane Lasley
Mining News 

Analysts foretell coming zinc shortage

Deficit bodes well for producers, explorers of the industrial metal that has dominated Alaska's mining industry for two decades

 

Last updated 7/31/2011 at Noon



Zinc, the fourth most consumed metal in the world, is an essential building block of modern society and the dominant metal mined in Alaska over the past two decades.

In 2010, 538,000 metric tons of zinc was mined at Teck Resources Ltd.'s Red Dog Mine and an additional 67,580 metric tons of zinc was recovered as a byproduct at Hecla Mining Co.'s Greens Creek silver mine, accounting for US$1.3 b...



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