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About Potash Mining

About Potash Mining


Buried hundreds of feet below the land surface in Navajo and Apache counties, Arizona, there is a deposit of minerals containing potash–potassium compounds. Used primary as a raw material for fertilizer, potash was discovered in the Holbrook Basin in the 1960’s but wasn’t considered economical for commercial production at the time.

With growth in world population and pressure for higher crop yields per acre, in recent years the demand for fertilizer has grown faster than supply. The price of potash rose dramatically and companies initiated projects in the area to further evaluate the potential for profitable mining.

Three companies are pursuing projects –
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Sylvite – Potassium Chloride
American West Potash LLC, HNZ Potash LLC and Passport Potash Inc. Each project could generate hundreds of jobs and produce two million tons of salable product or more a year. The Holbrook Basin could out–produce the aging mines in the Carlsbad, New Mexico area, becoming the leading potash–producing region in the United States.

Since potash in the Holbrook Basin is located hundreds of feet beneath the ground surface, and beneath the Coconino aquifer, surface or open pit mining is not under consideration. Both conventional underground mining and solution mining are possibilities.

For overviews of exploratory drilling sites and land ownerships, refer to the Arizona Geological Survey’s Holbrook Basin Drilling and to a Google Earth map on the www.nestedquotes.ca website.




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