The site of the proposed Rosemont Mine in the Santa Rita mountains of southern Arizona
Chiricahua leopard frog in Las Cienegas National Conservation Area, near the site of the proposed Rosemont mine. The area is an important riparian corridor that supports some of the richest biodiversity in the United States.
An aerial view of the Silver Bell mine, operated by Asarco, in southern Arizona
Part of the active Silver Bell mine, operated by Asarco
A tailings pond of waste materials left over after the copper-ore extraction process at the Sierrita Mine, near the Canoa Estates retirement community (center right). Copper mines, along with golf courses are significant contributors to water depletion in Arizona, which has been in a drought for over two decades.
The Morenci open-pit mine, the largest copper mine in North America
Apache Leap, located near the proposed Resolution mine. For centuries, the Apache lived in the surrounding mountains, and this bluff holds an important place in their history, remembered as the site where in the 1800s, a group of warriors being pursued by the US Cavalry chose to leap to their deaths rather than life a life of imprisonment, A parcel of land has been set aside to protect Apache Leap, but some environmental scientists believe the mine could still do serious damage to the cliff face.
Ancient petroglyphs at Oak Flat, the proposed site of the Resolution mine
Anthony Logan, an Apache singer and medicine man, leads a prayer at Oak Flat, a place the tribe considers sacred, and the site of the proposed Resolution mine.
A rainstorm over Oak Flat, the proposed site of the Resolution mine. The Apache hold this land and its surrounding mountains sacred, in part because of the abundance of water. Resolution’s block-cave mining technique would cause much of the landscape to cave in.
A spring near Oak Flat, 2018