Open Sky Gold Mining at Las Médulas, Spain

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Open Sky Gold Mining at Las Médulas, Spain  (c)   (agfcarrara)
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When the Romans conquered a site, they prospected in the rivers. Here they found gold (as did two Astur tribes earlier); but the Roman engineers invented and used a dangerous method to extract it from the mountains. Taking advantage of melting snows and water nearby at a higher levels, they channeled the water to a specific mountain. There they constructed lakes, dikes and blind tunnels. When all was ready to produce tremendous hydraulic power, they opened the dikes and the force of the water burst the mountain. Below, workers parted the rubble and women with braided rope instruments panned for the nuggets. A tragic number of people died in the whole of this process. The gold was for Roman coins. And the Method was called RUINA MONTIUM. Today Las Médulas is a World Heritage Site and it is impressive.
Below is a quote from After Roman conquest -Cantabrian wars (28-19 b.C.)- it became an "industrial" exploitation. Romans, through witty systems, called“Arrugia” method or “ruina montium”. , took big quantities of gold until the end of 2nd Century.
What an interesting shot! And thank you so much for the notes - I had never heard of such a thing...
Monday, July 30, 2007 11:01:12 AM
Serbia and Montenegro
Wow, so stunning shot! I like those vivid colors.
Monday, July 30, 2007 11:10:26 AM
Beautiful landscaping ! Wonderful capture !!!!!
Monday, July 30, 2007 11:14:08 AM
United States
Great angle and dof!
Monday, July 30, 2007 3:31:34 PM
South Africa
Monday, August 06, 2007 3:47:13 AM
LO interesante, a mi modo de ver, es la combinación de colores de las montañas: anaranjadas en la mina y verde azulosas a medida que nos adentramos en profundidad.

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Monday, June 09, 2008 8:49:19 AM
Nice one. I really like this composition and the accompaning notes The whole area looks quite strange but beautiful.
Monday, July 30, 2007 10:06:01 AM
Excellent colors and composition, also many thanks for the background behind the image in your notes
Tuesday, July 31, 2007 6:10:59 AM
Wonderful lighting - great colour! A++
Sunday, August 12, 2007 11:37:43 PM
Great capture... Very good composition...
Wednesday, August 15, 2007 1:25:18 PM
Fantastic view!
Monday, July 30, 2007 7:02:58 AM
A fabulous image. Very striking colours.
Monday, July 30, 2007 7:08:45 AM
Magnifica captura my friend!!!
Monday, July 30, 2007 7:11:16 AM
United States
Very go capture and interesting notes about it,Thank You,Diane
Monday, July 30, 2007 7:28:17 AM