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Harrison Eighth-Graders Visit Sterling Hill Mine Museum

Harrison middle school students recently visited the Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg, N.J.
Harrison middle school students recently visited the Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg, N.J. Photo Credit: Courtesy Harrison School District

HARRISON, N.Y. -- Harrison middle school students recently visited the Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg, N.J.

The eighth-graders at Louis M. Klein Middle School visited the historic site, which is one of the oldest mines in the country and dates back to 1,700, according to a press release from the school district. Sterling Hill was primarily used to mine for zinc, iron and manganese.

"Sterling Hill Mine’s ore deposits had great commercial uses," representatives said in the release. "During its highest demand period, the mine operated 24 hours a day to provide the United States with much needed zinc during World War II."

Students at LMK received a guided tour through the mine and exhibits featuring the actual underground mining process, according to the release.

"Since Sterling Hill contains over 300 minerals, students also explored numerous exhibits containing ore samples, minerals, and mining artifacts - examining the unique physical properties of the samples that are fluorescent," representatives said in the release. "This experience allowed the LMK eighth graders to make real world connections with the content they are learning this year, especially in the areas of geology, chemistry and history."

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