2-2 Previous works on abandoned mines:
During the previous examinations, the Ministry of Mines and Metals presented a plan in 1998. The plan title was;" Recognition and Determination of Inactive and Abandoned mines” This plan includes 2 phases covering the examination and possibility of reopening the exploitable mines. At the first phase of the project, a list of all abandoned mines of the country was determined, and at the second phase, priorities were given to them. 14 mines were selected as example, then they were examined as follows;
1.Kafeh salt mine, Sirjan/Pelaya-e-Sirjan 2.Karim Abad and Shahdad Lut salt mine, Takab 3.Shahr Babak Borate mine 4.Abbas Abad mine, Shahroud 5.Talc mine of Jandaq 6.Jandaq mica mine 7. Abbasabad mine, Zanjan 8.?mica 9.Khaneghah Talc, Khoy 10.Zarean mica 11.Hasan Abad-e-Astaneh and Nezam Abad Tungsten mine, Arak 12.Mardar Kouh? Chromite 13.Abu Mousa red soil 14.Fakhr Abad red soil, Yazd.
The National Geosciences Database of Iran has given a questionnaire to the General Management of Industries and Mines in the provinces in order to complete the mines database. During this process, a list of abandoned mines is prepared by the experts of these General Managemenst. A book under the title of “Mines” printed by Shiraz Regional Science and Technology Library in 1996 which includes a list of active and inactive mines in that year. These three cases include data about all abandoned mines of the country, and are used to prepare a preliminary list of abandoned mines.
3-2 The statistics of abandoned mines of the country
Considering the examinations and available references, at first a list of all abandoned mines of the country has been prepared. The abandoned mines of 28 provinces were determined, and metallic and non-metallic mines were separated. The results are available in the following table: