Las Médulas: Landscape a la romana

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The spectacular landscape of ochre-red cliffs known as Las Médulas, in Castilla y León, owes its shape to the Romans, who used hydraulic mining techniques to get at the area’s rich gold deposits. It was the most important gold mine in the entire Roman Empire, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While Las Médulas are no longer mined, mining in León is still an important part of the economy. Note the mine in the distance. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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