Many are learning from the Berkeley Pit

From grade school through college, many classes have visited the Pit in order to learn about science, mining, and the history of the region. In the past year, students from not only the Butte area, but also from around Montana made the trip to the Pit. Middle school students from Bonner school  and college students from Montana State University-Billings and […]

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What started off as small experiments in the laboratory studying Berkeley Pit water in small flasks, has transformed into a much larger, bench-scale field experiment using the Berkeley Pit lake as the laboratory and limnocorrals as giant test tubes suspended in the contaminated water. For most of the past decade, Dr. Grant Mitman, a Montana Tech biology professor, has been […]

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The search for valuable natural products from a most unnatural world
 by Andrea and Don Stierle Most people think of the Berkeley Pit as a large toxic waste lake, an unfortunate relic of Butte’s proud mining heritage. Don and Andrea Stierle, however, see the Pit as something more. Like most of their Natural Products Chemistry colleagues, the Stierles could be […]

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Two Butte students – Alexandra Antonioli and Kels Phelps – have taken their school science projects to the highest levels of success. After claiming local awards from the Pit Committee, their impressive work has earned national awards and scholarships for their continuing education. Alexandra, a Butte High senior, has spent most of her educational career working on science fair projects […]

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Ongoing Research Projects at the Pit

PitWatch Issue Volume 5, Number 1 The Berkeley Pit is one of the most high-profile examples of the adverse impacts of mining. Although the Berkeley Pit Superfund site is currently in a simple monitoring mode, an extensive amount of work is performed locally related to the understanding and remediation of the Pit and similar systems. Ongoing projects include: •    treatability […]

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