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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: 500 Years Of Mining In Brazil: A Brief Review
Author: Machado I.F.
De M. Figueiroa S.F.
Abstract: Upon the arrival of Portuguese settlers to Brazil in 1500, there was an obsession to find precious metals and gems. However, it took almost two centuries to find economic and abundant gold deposits in Minas Gerais. Gold and diamonds generated fabulous wealth to the Portuguese crown during the 18th century and part of the next. As the alluvial deposits were depleted, better techniques had to be employed to assure profitability, but a number of failures apparently eroded the motivation of Brazilian entrepreneurs to invest in mining during the Empire. As the population grew and the country started its industrialization process in the 20th century, the mining industry diversified intensely and became one of the six largest mineral producers in the world. Notwithstanding these achievements, it is likely that the best is yet to come, regarding gold, diamonds and other valuable minerals. © 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1016/S0301-4207(01)00004-6
Date Issue: 2001
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