Beautiful Satellite Images Of Giant Hard Rock Mines

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The price of metals has surged an extraordinary amount in the past decade and interest is at an extraordinary high. Companies across the world are forming at the merest hint of an opportunity to mine hard rock.But have you actually seen one of these giant mines?

The folks at SkyTruth put together a gallery of awesome satellite images of giant mines.

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