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24 more in collection Apache Spring: The Fight for Oak Flat [Photo-essay]

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A drinking water vending machine is seen here along Superior, Arizona's main thoroughfare. Off the Reservation the mining towns of the "Copper Triangle" are dealing with their own water contamination issues as a result of the mining industry in drought-stricken Arizona. The "block cave" mining process uses far more water than traditional mining methods and also produces more contaminates and acid runoff. This contamination leaches into the soil and can affect nearby fresh water aquifers.