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Who owns the west?

Government data details massive land giveaway.

For years the full scope of the hardrock mining industry's claims to America's public lands has been hidden in an obscure 12-Gigabyte database called Land and Mineral Records 2000 (LR2000), housed in a government data center in Denver, Colorado. In raw form the data are a string of codes in lengthy text files. EWG researchers used sophisticated mapping and data tools to synthesize these 125 million data records into a detailed analysis showing, literally, who owns the American West, tract by tract, company by company, and nation by nation.

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