This area contains the largest reserves of naturally-occurring high-quality trona on earth, with deposits estimated at 100 billion tons, which is enough to supply the world’s soda ash needs for many hundred years.
Trona can be mined primarily through two methods: mechanically and through Solution mining. Mechanical mining uses a bore miner that removes the trona ore from the ground and sends it to the surface using conveyor belts and bucket elevators. Solution mining is achieved by pumping water into the trona ore, dissolving it to create a solution, and pumping it again to the surface.
Once on the surface, the raw trona is converted into usable soda ash via a multi-step purification process: