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Diagram of breccia pipe uranium mine

June 2024 (approx.)

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This illustration by USGS water data specialist Ben Siebers shows a breccia pipe uranium deposit deep underground. Miners dig tunnels and shafts to reach the uranium. At the top of the mine, there is a tall structure called a "head frame" used to lower miners and equipment into the mine and to lift the uranium ore back up to the surface.


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Illustration by USGS water data specialist Ben Siebers.