Mining Works for Alaska

Mining has been a part of Alaska’s economy and culture for more than 125 years since the gold rushes brought thousands of prospectors to the far-flung, untamed wilds of Alaska. Today, mining directly and indirectly employs thousands of Alaskans across the state. Sophisticated American and international companies use the latest technologies to identify remote deposits of silver, gold, copper, zinc, and other metals necessary in our everyday lives. It takes years to develop a plan to extract those resources in the most environmentally sound manner.

Alaska remains a promising and exciting place for exploration and development. A growing global economy and demand for raw materials means that Alaska’s rich diversity of natural resources will continue to attract large-scale mining operations as well as small exploration companies.


Alaska Mining Drives Our Modern World Forward

Minerals are critical to the technologies and conveniences that we need to live our lives.

Check out CAP’s new video series to learn the importance of gold, silver, copper, zinc and other minerals to your everyday life!

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Would your organization or group like to learn more about mining in Alaska? The Council of Alaska Producers offers educational presentations that can be tailored for your group's interest. From Alaska's mining history to the economic benefits of mining today, CAP can provide a speaker for your organization. Click the link below to request more information.