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 Post subject: Tungsten mine (UK)
PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2009 7:15 pm 
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Location: England (UK)
A drive out in the glorious autumn sunshine took us to a place which would enable us to tick off another mineral on the the 'to do' list. This place is a must for anyone who is interested in any kind of underground mining.

The fell is rich in mineral ores and has been mined extensively for many centuries with tungsten, lead, arsenic and iron all being extracted from the fell. The mine was opened in 1854 but has only been worked in periods when the price of Tungsten has been high, for example during war time, the mine was worked extensively during both World Wars and the Korean War when supplies of Tungsten were threatened. The mine closed in the early 1980s and in 1988 the site was bulldozed and landscaped to its original outline.

It is notable that in the past the threat or actuality of war has brought the Mine into production. It is to be hoped that this course of events will not be responsible for the mine's future working.

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Climbing up the ore chutes reveals the workings
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