The portal of the Eagle Mine, the nation’s only primary nickel mine, dives under Eagle Rock, near Marquette, Mich. It is slated to begin production in 2014 and has faced stiff opposition from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and environmentalists who worry about its location near the pristine Salmon-Trout River.

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Codi Yeager-Kozacek / Circle of Blue

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