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Published by U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Mines in [Washington, D.C.?] .
Written in English


  • Lunar mineralogy.,
  • Strip mining -- Technological innovations.,
  • Mines and mineral resources -- Technological innovations.

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Edition Notes

Statementby John A. Siekmeier, Egons R. Podnieks.
Series[Open file report -- 37-91], Open file report (United States. Bureau of Mines) -- 91-37.
ContributionsPodnieks, Egons R., United States. Bureau of Mines.
The Physical Object
Pagination1 v.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL17683228M

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