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natural gas, Ethiopia, mineral deposits, platinum, ancient times

Although many mineral deposits exist in Ethiopia, thick layers of volcanic lava cover the older ore-bearing rock and render exploitation difficult. Outcroppings of iron, copper, zinc, and lead have been mined since ancient times. Small quantities of gold and platinum are mined, and deposits of petroleum and natural gas have been found. About 110,000 metric tons of salt were mined annually in the early 1990s. Ethiopia also has considerable untapped deposits of high-quality potash.



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