AZGS Econ Geology chief Nyal Niemuth opines that this is a surprising increase in number of claims after the Interior Secretary's million-acre Colorado Plateau uranium withdrawal, the new fees on association placer claims, and the lack of easy money for Canadian juniors. The claims number exceeds the recent high of 2008, but is nowhere near the all time high of 144,000 claims in the 1980s. [Right, updated 1-24-13, 7:15 pm - map of mining claims. locales in Arizona]
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