Potosi, Bolivia, source of silver of the Spanish Empire

Sentinel-2 MSI acquired on 29 June 2022 at 14:27:31 UTC
Author(s): Sentinel Vision team, VisioTerra, France - svp@visioterra.fr
Keyword(s): Land, natural resources, silver mines, UNESCO World Heritage site, Bolivia, Andes, mountain range,
Fig. 1 - S2 (29.06.2022) - Located in the Bolivian Andes, Potosi is one of the highest cities in the world at a nominal 4090 m.
Cerro Rico, produced an estimated 60% of all silver mined in the world during the second half of the 16th century, when the ore contained up to 40% silver. It was the location of the Spanish colonial silver mint.
Fig. 2 - S2 (29.06.2022) - It produced up to 60 000 T by 1996, much silver may still remain in the mines.
A considerable amount of the city's colonial architecture has been preserved in the historic center of the city, which are part of a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.