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US West’s abandoned mines hold danger and, for some, thrills

US west lie hundreds of thousands of abandoned mines an underground world can hold serious danger and unexpected wonder-APA

US west lie hundreds of thousands of abandoned mines an underground world can hold serious danger and unexpected wonder/AP

EUREKA, Utah — Underneath the mountains and deserts of the U.S. West lie hundreds of thousands of abandoned mines, an underground world that can hold serious danger and unexpected wonder.

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They are a legacy of the region’s prospecting past, when almost anyone could dig a mine and then walk away, with little cleanup required, when it stopped producing.

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