Abandoned mines, mountain sports, and climate variability: Implications for the Colorado tourism economy Journal Article uri icon



  • Until recently, the allure of the mountains in the American West was primarily extractive, for commodities like timber, water, and precious metals [Baron et. al., 2000]. Now, the effective marketing and management of the regions “white gold” by the ski industry has stimulated significant recreation‐related growth and development in the last several decades. Under an uncertain climatic future, however, these burgeoning industries, and the communities that have grown up in relation to them, are facing water quality constraints inherited from historical mining practices, causing mountain water to become a limited resource more valuable than the precious metals of the past. Further, the current lack of proven, in‐situ approaches for addressing distributed, mining waste pollution of fresh water complicates potential remediation efforts.

publication date

  • September 23, 2003

has restriction

  • bronze

Date in CU Experts

  • February 20, 2014 12:29 PM

Full Author List

  • Todd A; McKnight D; Wyatt L

author count

  • 3

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0096-3941

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2324-9250

Additional Document Info

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  • 377

end page

  • 386


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