Round Mountain, Nevada

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Aerial photo of Round Mountain open pit, 2008. Dimensions of the pit are about 2,500 m × 1,500 m (8,200 ft × 4,900 ft). Mining benches (the "contour lines") are about 10.7 m (35 ft) high.[1]
Round Mountain gold mine, heap-leach pads, 2008

Round Mountain is a small Unincorporated community in Nye County, Nevada. The population of Round Mountain, Nevada as of 2005 is 744 [1]. The city's ZIP code is 89045.

Round Mountain is best known for the Round Mountain Gold Mine, a large open pit heap-leach gold mine owned by Kinross Gold Corporation (50% owner and operator) and Barrick Gold Corporation (50% owned). The first gold production from the Round Mountain District was in 1906, and by 2006 the mine had produced over 10 million ounces of gold, worth about US$9.5 billion at 2009 prices. Ore reserves and resources total about 1.8 million ounces of gold as of the end of 2007.[1] The gold occurs on the rim of an ancient collapsed caldera and is mainly fine-grained, with visible (and sometimes spectacular) gold occurring in structural intersections.[2]

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Coordinates: 38°42′36″N 117°03′58″W / 38.71°N 117.066°W / 38.71; -117.066

Crystalline gold specimen from Round Mountain Mine