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Paul Brandes' Photo Gallery

View of the Republic Pit

Republic Mine, Republic, Marquette iron range, Marquette Co., Michigan, USA

This photo of the Republic Pit shows the height of the water as it has been allowed to fill the pit since the mine ceased operation in 1981. The pit is approximately 400 ft. deep.

Photo taken August, 2013.
Copyright: © Paul T. Brandes      Photo ID: 864139     Uploaded by: Paul Brandes   View Count: 11   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2256 x 1504 pixels (3.4 Mpix)

Early mining equipment

Quincy Mine, Hancock, Houghton Co., Michigan, USA

During the guided mine tour of the Quincy Mine, you can see some of the early mining equipment used. Featured here from back to front is a) a one-man tram, b) Rand two-man drill, c) CP one-man drill, and d) Rand stoping drill. I won't go into any more detail on the history and use of each drill here; you'll just have to go on one of the tours to learn more.
Copyright: © Paul T. Brandes      Photo ID: 864138     Uploaded by: Paul Brandes   View Count: 30   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2048 x 1365 pixels (2.8 Mpix)

LFM-MKDCopper : Cu, Malachite : Cu2(CO3)(OH)2

Quincy Mine, Hancock, Houghton Co., Michigan, USA

Field of View: 1.0 m

At the back of the East Adit (approx. 2,000 ft. from the entrance) of the Quincy Mine, you will see native copper left by the Michigan Tech students as they enlarged the adit in the 1970s. The photo here is one of those specimens of mass native copper with a coating of malachite. This particular specimen is within a fracture of the Pewabic Lode, the main orebody Quincy mined between 1856 and 1931. The white mineral surrounding the copper is calcite, a typical gangue mineral within the Pewabic. The visible portion of this specimen measures approx. 0.4 m in length. The actual size of this specimen is not known; it might be relatively small, or quite large as the Quincy was known to product mass coppers weighing over 100 tons.
Copyright: © Paul T. Brandes      Photo ID: 864137     Uploaded by: Paul Brandes   View Count: 38   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2048 x 1365 pixels (2.8 Mpix)

Underground classroom

Quincy Mine, Hancock, Houghton Co., Michigan, USA

This is a photo of the classroom used by Michigan Tech mining students while the East Adit was being expanded in the 1970s. The classroom was used into the 1990s until the mining program at Michigan Tech was cut. Fortunately while I was at Michigan Tech, I was able to have the unique experience of attending classes here to learn about mining and the geology of the Keweenaw Peninsula. The person in the photo is of my wife Nathalie who herself is a geology professor and looks ready to teach.
Copyright: © Paul T. Brandes      Photo ID: 864136     Uploaded by: Paul Brandes   View Count: 49   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2048 x 1369 pixels (2.8 Mpix)

Historic stope of the Quincy Mine

Quincy Mine, Hancock, Houghton Co., Michigan, USA

This underground photo of the Quincy Mine is of a historic area. What you are looking at is a stope near the No. 5 Shaft that was mined out during the American Civil War. During this time, miners didn't have the luxury of bright lights and dynamite to remove native copper from the basalt host rock. When this stope was mined out, it was candles and black powder. More than likely, the miners of that period had no idea the large caverns they were creating. The stope extends upwards from the 7th level to the 3rd level and depicts the approximate thickness of the Pewabic Lode, a major copper ore bearing rock unit that the Quincy profited from. In fact, because of the discovery of the Pewabic Lode in 1856, Quincy was able to pay its shareholders dividends for 60 years in a row. Today, visitors to the mine can take a tour of the underground workings and not only this stope, but the machinery used to mine out these large areas.
Copyright: © Paul T. Brandes      Photo ID: 864135     Uploaded by: Paul Brandes   View Count: 40   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2048 x 1365 pixels (2.8 Mpix)

Tailings pile of the Unity

Unity Tunnel, Magdalena District, Socorro Co., New Mexico, USA

These is the tailings pile for the Unity Tunnel, located south of Magdalena, New Mexico. Walking the area, it is appears that the commodities were likely copper and lead based on the rocks examined.
Copyright: © Paul T. Brandes      Photo ID: 863748     Uploaded by: Paul Brandes   View Count: 21   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2048 x 1365 pixels (2.8 Mpix)

Steel ore bin at the Unity

Unity Tunnel, Magdalena District, Socorro Co., New Mexico, USA

This photo is of the large steel ore bin at the Unity Tunnel, located south of Magdalena, New Mexico. Tracks lead out of the portal and across the top of the bin where ore was dumped.
Copyright: © Paul T. Brandes      Photo ID: 863747     Uploaded by: Paul Brandes   View Count: 16   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2048 x 1365 pixels (2.8 Mpix)

Portal entrance to the Unity

Unity Tunnel, Magdalena District, Socorro Co., New Mexico, USA

This is the portal entrance to the Unity Tunnel, located south of Magdalena, New Mexico. The entrance is blocked by large rocks and fallen timbers. Water flows out of the tunnel through a culvert and over the tailings pile, suggesting the tunnel is flooded.
Copyright: © Paul T. Brandes      Photo ID: 863745     Uploaded by: Paul Brandes   View Count: 32   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2048 x 1365 pixels (2.8 Mpix)

Me at Black Canyon of the Gunnison NM, Colorado

Me at Black Canyon of the Gunnison NM, Colorado.
Photo taken November, 2013.
Copyright: © Paul T. Brandes      Photo ID: 859190     Uploaded by: Paul Brandes   View Count: 33   Approval status: User gallery    Type: Photo - 700 x 1024 pixels (0.7 Mpix)

YRH-HXQCentennialite : CaCu3Cl2(OH)6·nH2O (n ~ 0.7)

Centennial Mine, Centennial, Houghton Co., Michigan, USA

Field of View: 1.0 cm

Blue centennialite on epidote and native copper.
More details to follow.
Copyright: © Paul T. Brandes      Photo ID: 840325     Uploaded by: Paul Brandes   View Count: 55   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2048 x 1369 pixels (2.8 Mpix)
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