Samuel Franklin Hunt Nevada’s “Rio Tinto”
February 2006 by Jim StraightAt the well-known Rio Tinto copper district, Huelva, in southwestern Spain, large quantities of copper were found beneath a gossan of hematite at an average depth of 100 feet. The deposits were first mined during Roman times.
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