Santa Bárbara mining complex
Santa Bárbara mining complex is a mercury mining site (including mines, towns, roads and industrial facilities), the largest in the Western Hemisphere. Mercury was used to refine gold and silver in colonial times and this mine therefore played a major role in the economy and organization of the colony, supplying mercury to all the gold and silver mines in the Americas. Important technological breakthroughs in the exploitation of mercury were developed here before being adopted in other mines, notably in Almadén (Spain) and Idrija (Slovenia).
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