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Photos of Elsa, Yukon

An Explorer's Guide to Elsa, Yukon

This is a broad view of the tailings below Elsa. Between the early 1930s and 1988, the Elsa mill processed ore from 10 major mines in the area, resulting in about 3.67 million tonnes of tailings being deposited here. In 1990 Alexco used sonic drilling to drill 283 holes in the tailings to get an estimate of mineral resources left. The estimates are that there are 9,526,000 ounces of silver and 9,600 ounces of gold available for extraction!

This photograph is © 2014 by Murray Lundberg, and is not to be copied without express permission.
Tailings pond at Elsa, Yukon