One-tenth of Mexico’s territory used for mining

“One of the highlights of the report is a number of active mining concessions, which add up to 25,716. These concessions occupy 22.1 million hectares, an area equivalent to 11.3 per cent of the Mexican territory,” writes Valentina Ruiz Leotaud.”The mining chapter in the report also features the country’s prospective efforts. By gathering data with aerial and terrestrial geophysics across 85,949 kilometers of territory, 96 prospective areas with mining potential were identified in the states of Baja California, Chihuahua, Durango, Mexico, Hidalgo, Nayarit, Nuevo León, Puebla, San Luis Potosí, Sinaloa, Sonora, Veracruz and, Zacatecas.The studies showed that gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, rare earth and salts of lithium, potassium, and sodium could be extracted in those areas. Specifically, from September 2016 to June 2017, the government approved 467 mining permits, most of them in the northwestern states of Sonora, Durango, Chihuahua, and the north-central state of Zacatecas.”

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