Skip to Content

Loading Events

Upper Mississippi Valley Lead-Zinc District Trip

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

August 5, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

| $45

The Upper Mississippi Valley Lead-Zinc District Revisited: Mining History, Geology, Reclamation and Environmental Issues Thirty Years after the Last Mine Closed

This one-day field trip organized by the IL-IN Section of AIPG is intended to provide a brief introduction to the geology, mining history, cultural history and related environmental and reclamation issues of the historic lead-zinc mining region of southwestern Wisconsin. The Upper Mississippi Valley mining district, which includes parts of adjacent Iowa and Illinois, is important in the history of economic geology because it is the type area for the class of carbonate-hosted base-metal deposits known as Mississippi Valley-type (MVT) deposits. The district is of significant historical interest because it has been a lead producer since the French explorers first visited the Mississippi Valley in the seventeenth century, and the district was the scene of one of the earliest mineral rushes in the United States in 1827. The area continues to be of interest because of ongoing environmental issues, including reclamation and water quality issues related to the widespread metallic mineralization that occurs throughout the region.


August 5, 2017
9:30 am - 5:30 pm


departing from Badger Mine & Museum Parking Lot
279 W. Estey Street
Shullsburg, 53568 United States
Posted on July 13th, 2017