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Beaverlodge Lake area, Saskatchewan, Canada

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Prospectors came and went without any significant finds along Lake Athabasca until 1937 when the town of Goldfields, Saskatchewan, was incorporated in hopes of a major gold development. The Box Mine went into production in 1939 but closed down by 1942 with the discovery of gold in Yellowknife. The discovery of pitchblende on Great Bear Lake spurred prospectors to search for uranium along the shores of Lake Athabasca in the Black Bay and Beaverlodge Lake areas. By 1952, the Ace mine came into production with a uranium separation plant soon to follow at Uranium City. The buildings that were earlier abandoned at Goldfields were moved to Uranium City, whose population soon grew to 4000. The availability of work in the mines led to an exodus of people from Fort Chipewyan in mid-century when the census population fell from 705 in 1941 to 304 by 1956. Just 30 km from Uranium City, more uranium was discovered at Gunnar. At the peak of Lake Athabasca uranium mining, there were three mines with processing facilities at Beaverlodge, Lorado and Gunnar, and scores of smaller satellite mines spread across the area. As of 2006, 40 uranium and seven gold mines had been mapped, most of which have been abandoned.

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69 valid minerals. 4 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

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Timoney Kevin P.: The Peace-Athabasca Delta: Portrait of a Dynamic Ecosystem (page 327)
Griffith J.W. (1967): The Uranium Industry - It's History,Technology and Prospects, Mineral Report 12, Mineral Resources Division, Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, Canada
Tremblay, L. P. (1978). Geology of the Beaverlodge mining area, Saskatchewan (No. GSCAN-M--367). Geological Survey of Canada.
Tremblay, L. P. (1978). Geologic setting of the Beaverlodge-type of vein-uranium deposits and its comparison to that of the unconformity-type. MAC Short Course in uranium deposits: Their mineralogy and origin, 431-456.
Ashton, K. E. (2011). A new look at selected deposits in the historic Beaverlodge uranium district: variations on the vein-type uranium theme. Summary of Investigations, 2, 2011-4.
Dieng, S., Kyser, K., & Godin, L. (2013). Tectonic history of the North American shield recorded in uranium deposits in the Beaverlodge area, northern Saskatchewan, Canada. Precambrian Research, 224, 316-340.
Dieng, S., Kyser, K., & Godin, L. (2015). Genesis of multifarious uranium mineralization in the Beaverlodge area, northern Saskatchewan, Canada. Economic Geology, 110(1), 209-240.
Liang, R. (2015). Characterization of Fluids Associated with Vein-type Uranium Mineralization in the Beaverlodge Uranium District, Northern Saskatchewan: Field, Petrographic, Fluid Inclusion and CO Isotope Studies (Doctoral dissertation, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Regina).

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