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Zinc, lead and silver mega-deposits in San Cristobal (Bolivia)


San Cristobal is located in south-western Bolivia, in the Colcha “K” Municipality of Nor Lipez, Potosi, with altitudes ranging from 3,800 to 4,000 metres (12,467 to 13,123 feet) above sea level. A dry region with decreasing precipitation, it receives an average annual rainfall of 150 to 200 millimetres (6 to 8 inches).

One of the largest zinc, lead and silver deposits in the world was discovered in this area. Plans to exploit the open pit mine included the relocation of a village dating to colonial times. This, in addition to the company’s water management practices has generated constant protests by the local community.

Click here for the factsheet (4 pages): FS_017_San Cristobal

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