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Bagdad AZ Mine Tour


Now - March 23, 2013

Trip is FULL. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.

Saturday | 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Trip Limit: 10


Join geology instructor Danny Foley on a tour of Arizona's Bagdad Copper Mine. Get the chance to peer over the edge of an open-pit mine. Sort through some of the tailings for traces of copper minerals, including chrysocolla, malachite and azurite. Walk through the mill to see how the rocks are crushed down and processed to remove copper. Stand next to trucks bigger than some houses that can haul over 250 tons of material. Visit the incorporated town of Bagdad and hear some of the history behind one of Arizona's oldest, and yet technologically superior, copper mines. And of course, there will be roadside geology discussions as we drive there and back. Bagdad is a major open pit copper/molybdenum mine operated by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold. The Bagdad site was one of the first mining claims in Arizona, staked in 1882, and has been actively mined since. Includes transportation from the Garden and snacks. Lunch at The Diner on Main not included.

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