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History of mining at the Atacama region (Chile): Tres Puntas

Buena Esperanza mine of Tres Puntas (1)

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Ruins of mining town: Buena Esperanza mine at the Tres Puntas mining district at Atacama, Chile

Photo: The Buena Esperanza Mine is still recognized for its extensive ruins and labors. (November 2011 W. Griem; Ca50D10190).
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Información Foto: Cámara Canon 50D: [IMG_0190.jpg]
Lente: 20mm | Longitud focal: 20mm (32,2/35mm) | Tiempo: 1:160 | ISO100
F: f/6,3 | Tamaño original: 4752 x 3168 | Fecha: 2011/10/31/13:12 hrs.

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The former silver mine "Buena Esperanza" ("Good Hope") is located in the southern part of the district of Tres Puntas, near the former railway station "Chimbero".  It was by far the largest mine in this area, the old production data confirm an impressive mining rhythm. Between 1860 and 1870, the Buena Esperanza produced almost 80% of fine silver in the Tres Puntas/Chimberro sector. In 1869 and 1876, the mine produced even more fine silver than the many mines of Chañarcillo in the same period.  

The quantities of quarried rock and overburden were gigantic by the standards of the time.

Even today, a large number of large stockpiles can still be admired in this area.  It should be mentioned that the mining was carried out underground; the mostly English companies planned a sophisticated mining plan with their mining engineers in order to exploit the ramified and often quite deep aisle deposits optimally.  

The drawings of this system that have been preserved give a hint of its economic importance.    Even today, it is still possible to distinguish between the different types of buildings in the ruins. Solid houses for administration and machinery, light timber constructions for workers.

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Cemetery of Esperanza Mine in the Atacama desert, Chile - historical silver mining

Photo: The small cemetery of the Buena Esperanza Ex-mine (Atacama Region) has almost collapsed under the rocks of the old stockpiles . Photo W. Griem, 2011 - Ca50D10142 - Large Photo

Información Foto: Cámara Canon 50D: [IMG_0142.jpg]
Lente: 17-70mm | Longitud focal: 62mm (98,8/35mm) | Tiempo: 1:160 | ISO100
F: f/13 | Tamaño original: 4752 x 3168 | Fecha: 2011/10/31/12:42 hrs.

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