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Roan Antelope Copper Mine, Luanshya, Zambia, Africa

Roan Antelope Copper Mine, Luanshya, Zambia, Africa


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Roan Antelope Copper Mine, Luanshya, Zambia, Africa

Roan Antelope Copper Mine, Luanshya, Zambia, Africa. The deposits were discovered in 1902, but their full extent was not understood until 1926. Date: circa 1930s

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Antelope Copper Exploitation Metals Mine Mining Resources Roan Zambia Zambian


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This evocative photograph captures the Roan Antelope Copper Mine in Luanshya, Zambia, Africa during the 1930s. The discovery of copper deposits in this region dates back to 1902, but it was not until 1926 that the full extent of the reserves was understood. The Roan Antelope Mine, named after the local antelope species, became a significant site in the exploration and extraction of this valuable metal. The image presents a panoramic view of the mine works, with the undulating terrain of the African landscape serving as a striking backdrop. The mine's infrastructure is evident, with various structures, including what appears to be a processing plant, scattered across the landscape. Smoke rises from the stacks, indicating the active nature of the operations. The Roan Antelope Mine was a testament to the industrious spirit of the time, with workers toiling to extract the copper ore from the ground. The mining industry played a crucial role in the economic development of Zambia and other African countries, contributing to their industrialization and modernization. Despite the benefits, the exploitation of resources such as copper also brought about challenges, including environmental degradation and social disruption. This photograph serves as a reminder of the complex relationship between resource extraction, economic development, and the environment. The Roan Antelope Copper Mine in Luanshya, Zambia, stands as a symbol of the rich history of mining in Africa and the continent's role in the global metals industry.

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