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Silver Bonanza in the Sierra Madre: The Glorious Past of Batopilas—Pt I

Discovering new mines is often associated with reexamining old ones, as several prominent new discoveries will attest in northern Mexico. MAG Silver Corp. is exploring three historic districts.

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