Rio Tinto Mines and River

The mines at Río Tinto have been producing copper, silver, gold, sulphur, and other minerals for the last 5000 years. The river flowing past the mines is the source of the name, which means the “Painted River”. As the name suggests, the Río Tinto is a deep red colour thanks to the high concentrations of heavy metals now present in the water. According to myth, these are the fabled mines of King Solomon, and a section of the area is still known as Cerro Salomón today. For a time the mines were abandoned, but the Spanish government began…

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