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2011, Perfect Binding
104 pages
Dimensions: 210 x 297 mm
ISBN: 0983632308
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The San Juan Triangle of Colorado - Mountains of Minerals
MINERAL monograph No. 15

English Language: English

Contributions by: David W. Bunk, Robert B. Cook, Don Earnest, Robert W. Eveleth, Daniel Kile, Virgil W. Lueth, Gary McWilliams, Barbara L. Muntyan, Jack A. Murphy, Horace B. Patton, Tom Rosemeyer, Duane A. Smith, Gloria A. Staebler, Kaitlin Stoufer, Robert Stoufer, John Trujillo, Karen A. Vendl, Mark A. Vendl, Terry C. Wallace, Allan Young

Edited by: Dan Kile, Gloria Staebler, David W. Bunk, Tom Hughes, Suzanne Liebetrau

Illustrations by: Michael Bainbridge, Dan Behnke, William W. Besse, Jack Brauer, G.V. Buck, Joe Budd, Paul Carrara, Chip Clark, Jennifer Cochran, Joseph Collier, Bill Dameron, Frederick Endlich, Charles Goodwin, William Henry Jackson Daniel Kile, Jesse La Plante, Barbara L. Muntyan, Jack A. Murphy, John Rahart, Tom Rosemeyer, Jeff Scovil, J. Walter Socha, John Smolski, Gloria A. Staebler Robert Stoufer, Gene Tribbey, Ogden Tweto, Mark A. Vendl, Allan Young

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The spectacular landscapes of the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado are graphic evidence of the violent geology that concentrated a wealth of minerals in the triangle loosely defined by the picturesque mining towns of Telluride, Silverton and Ouray.

An ancient hunting ground of indigenous peoples, these rugged high peaks concealed gold and silver discovered by westerners only in the last 150 years. These discoveries spurred mining booms and engineering feats as man worked to penetrate the ore- and crystal-laden cliffs and peaks.
Modern visitors to the San Juans still collect minerals in the many prospects and trek the highways and byways that were first carved into the mountains by the pioneers. The mining history and stunning scenery of the San Juans is impossible to ignore, as are the Mountains of Minerals that make them so.

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