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Rio Tinto Borax Mine Trip

Who wants to go mining? We have scheduled a tour of the Rio Tinto Borax Mine in Boron, CA:

Date: Friday, May 8th

Time: Leave bright and early UCLA ~ 6:30 am (tour begins 9 am), return to UCLA ~ 6 pm

What to bring: MUST wear long sleeve shirt, long pants, flat closed shoes (steel toes if you have em!), no jewelry, long hair must be tied back. Bring sunscreen, hat, water, money for gift shop purchases. Lunch to be discussed! See below.

RSVP by Friday, May 1st. 20 people max, will arrange carpools. Must be over 18.

We will be hosted by community affairs advisor Tania Lewis and site geologist Brandon Griffiths. The visit begins with a safety briefing and gear-up (safety vest, hard hat, safety glasses, and shoe covers).

We will take a bus tour of the mine and open pit (approximately 2 hours). Then we will return to the visitor center and have time to explore, make some gift shop purchases, view the informational video and take photos from the roof top of the pit. We can bring lunch and eat it there or hit up one of the two! restaurants in Boron. There are museums in town and a rock shop there as well. Details to be discussed.

Please RSVP by Friday May 1st to We would prefer if we could all carpool there, so in your response please confirm if you would like to join a carpool and/or if you are willing to drive others. In addition, due to tour policy, we need your first and last name, date of birth, shoe size, and if you have your own steel toe boots.

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