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In the middle part of Sweden and stretching over many "regions" are an area called "Bergslagen". The word bergslagen comes from "berg = rock or mountain" and "lag = group or team". The reason for the name of the area is the intense mining that once took place in those parts. The mines were owned jointly by the whealtier landowners by forming in a "bergslag", hence the name of the region.

Today most of those mines are long gone but is still forms our nature as our forest are full of old mines and mine waste dumps. My picture comes from "Gamla Silvbergs gruva = Old Silvermountain mine" south of S酹er in Dalarna. This mine is mentioned in writing as early as 1254 and was in use for many hundreds of years. The last time was a short time during WW I when all resources was tried once again. The main product here was silver but together with that comes lead and a litte gold.

Today the mines are not only a pritty sight, the water from the mines and the dumps is in many cases an enviromental hazard and some water sources in small communities have been closed due to this. As you can see from the color the water in this mine contains cupper.

The mines are also used to get rid of things like cars when trying to fool the insurance company.

I will try to make a small serie on the mines.

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Additional Photos by Ebbe Rozel (Ebbe) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2539 W: 732 N: 1910] (9625)
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