Wednesday, January 12

Metalliferous and Non-Metalliferous Resources

In 1889, Cecil Rhodes set up the South African Company to extract minerals from Southern and Central Africa. Soon, he was in Zambia -- or Rhodesia, as it was known -- exploiting the land. Although he found some copper deposits, Rhodes did not find great mineral wealth.

In the late 1920's, however, rich copper and cobalt deposits were discovered. Today, Zambia is the world's 11th largest producer of copper, and the world's largest producer of cobalt, a brittle metal commonly used in jet engines. Zambia also has other mineral resources, as well as gemstones, and many potential energy resources.

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