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Critical Minerals Alaska – Chromite

Essential stainless-steel metal mined in Alaska during World Wars North of 60 Mining News – July 1, 2018

 

Last updated 9/25/2020 at 5:35am

Red Mountain chromite mine Border Ranges Fault US critical minerals

Bretwood Higman, Courtesy of Ground Truth Trekking

Sunlight reflecting off snow outside the portal lights up the underground workings at the Chrome Queen, a Southcentral Alaska mine that provided a domestic supply of chromium during World War II.

A vital ingredient in stainless steel and superalloys, chromium is considered by the United States Geological Survey as "one of the Nation's most important strategic and critical materials."

"Because there is no viable substitute for chromium in the production of stainless steel and because the United States has small chromium resources, there has been concern about domestic supply during every...



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