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Copper Mining Brings Boon To Serbian Economy

In Serbia, foreign companies are resuming a long tradition of prospecting for gold and copper, and have discovered deposits that could mark a revival of the country's mining sector, Reuters reports. International mining companies are even delaying riskier exploration projects in places like Africa to focus their efforts on developments in Serbia, where infrastructure is better and political risks are lower. The Serbian town of Bor, a mining center for over a century and home to one of the largest copper mines in Europe, is at the heart of the revival.

The chimneys of a copper foundry in the Serbian town of Bor
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The chimneys of a copper foundry in the Serbian town of Bor

A road leads into the open copper pit in Bor.
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A road leads into the open copper pit in Bor.

Serbian miners use flashlights in an elevator as they descend into the copper mine.
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Serbian miners use flashlights in an elevator as they descend into the copper mine.

A view of the open copper pit
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A view of the open copper pit

A miner drills for copper.
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A miner drills for copper.

A man passes by an old dump truck used in mining operations.
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A man passes by an old dump truck used in mining operations.

A miner descends into the copper mine.
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A miner descends into the copper mine.

The chimneys of the copper foundry
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The chimneys of the copper foundry

A girl looks out of the window of an old apartment built for mine workers.
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A girl looks out of the window of an old apartment built for mine workers.

A no-trespassing sign marks the boundary of the open copper pit.
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A no-trespassing sign marks the boundary of the open copper pit.

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