What We Do

As the sun rises above the Black Mesa in a fireball of orange, an elderly Navajo matriarch greets the warmth of the rays and the beauty of the new day. Soon she will herd her sheep and goats to a reclaimed pasture just over the hill, though first she must finish shearing. It’s difficult work, yet a routine that is steeped in tradition. Peabody operates as a guest on ancient Navajo and Hopi lands in Northeastern Arizona, where the Black Mesa and Kayenta mines annually produce about 13 million tons of coal that helps fuel low-cost electricity for the Southwest.

It still remains a little known fact that there is a working salt mine here in Arizona. The Morton Salt, Glendale Facility is located outside of Phoenix and beneath the ground in every direction of the facility lies a vast salt deposit known as the Luke Salt Body. The salt deposit is estimated to contain at least 15 cubic miles of salt. Salt production at the Glendale facility began in 1969 by the Southwest Salt Company. Morton Salt purchased the facility from Southwest Salt in 1985. When visiting the Glendale facility, don’t expect to see a mine shaft protruding upwards from the ground. Solar Salt is produced at Glendale using the solution mining method. Two active brine wells were drilled 3,600 feet below ground level.

Our Little History

The Arizona Mining Association was established in 1965, as a non-profit business league. Our mission is to acquire and disseminate educational, business and scientific information that is essential to the formation of sound public policies affecting the Arizona mining industry. The mining industry plays a critical role not only in our state and nation, but also in the world. This website, as well as a variety of other services and resources, is offered to provide information about mining and its important contribution to our lives.

The Arizona Mining Association has made a number of great educational resources about the mining industry in Arizona available for free on our site. Copper mining has been contributing to the economy of what is now called Arizona since before the arrival of Europeans in the 16th Century. Beginning in the late 19th Century, copper mining and processing became one of the primary means by which first the Arizona Territory and then the State of Arizona were transformed from a wilderness to a modern industrial economy. Copper mining, smelting, refining, and fabricating remain an important part of that economy today.

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