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Keywords:mountains, rock, Landscape, pond, ruins, Mine, heather, Glendalough, valley, Wicklow, lead, HDR, Zink, spoil, NaturesFinest, NTO, tone mapped, isawyoufirst, Fine Image
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Glendalough Mine

Glendalough Mine

Also available in LARGE.In 1798, Thomas Weaver, an engineer working on the development of the Military Road, discovered lead in the hills above the Glendasan and Glendalough Valleys in Wicklow - by 1809 mining had begun.The mining heritage of the Wicklow Mountains has left its mark both inside and outside the Park. The remains of several mining villages are easily accessed including the mines of Glendalough and Glendasan Valleys. Sandy spoil heaps streak the slopes surrounding the ruined villages. The geological divide between the granite core of the mountains and the surrounding rock types were rich with minerals such as lead, zinc and silver. These minerals were mined for over 150 years. Even though the mines were closed for some years around the turn of the century toxic heavy metals leached into surrounding watercourses. Around 1910, due to rising concern over water quality in the Upper lake, a tailings pond was constructed to capture these toxic sediments.The last mine ceased operating in 1965 but the spoil heaps and tailing ponds still contain high levels of lead and zink and only very few plants live in or around them. That's why the mining village looks today like work only stopped there yesterday and not 60 years ago.(For this image I have tone mapped together 5 images taken from one raw photo)Feel free to also have a look at Hauke's Best On Black... and if you like Landscapes check out the new Rate my Landscape Group.