Abandoned Mine, Rio Marina, Isola d’Elba, Italy

by Giacomo Beccari, an abandoned mine in Rio Marina, Isola d’Elba, Italy

The Elba island was well known from very ancient times for its iron resources and its valued mines: from the Etruscan in the 8th century b.C. to the modern civilization, iron have been extracted and, through the centuries, metallurgy business spread across the island, involving the local population in the working process. The steel market crisis during 80′s caused the closure of all the mines that are abandoned since then, like the one in the picture.

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