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Sygun Copper Mine - Beddgelert

Description

HOW THE COPPER WAS FORMED

Sygun’s hillside is mainly made up of some of the oldest rocks in
Wales. They are the result of great volcanic activity which took
place about 450 million years ago.
The erupting volcanoes produced vast quantities of ash which
consolidated intarock known as tuff. Hot gasses and liquids
forced through cracks in the rock coole ‘to deposit different
minerals. At Sygun, these minerals mainly consisted of veins of
copper ore, although traces of many other metals - including
gold and silver have also been found here.
The Romans may well have been the first to mine Sygun’s
copper. The mine was at its busiest during the first half of the
19th-century. It closed in 1903, but after much restoration was
reopened in 1986 to give visitors a unique glimpse into
Snowdonia’s copper-producing past.

Location

North Wales
Beddgelert, Gwynedd LL55 4NE UK., Beddgelert, Caernarfon LL55 4NE

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