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The copper mines of Zambia are among the richest in the world. Although world copper prices collapsed in 1975, damaging the Zambian economy, in the early 1990s the country still received about half of its export earnings from copper. Output in 2000 was 241,200 metric tons. Zambia is also among the world’s largest producers of cobalt. Other minerals extracted were gold (600 kg/1,323 lb), silver (5 metric tons), and gem-quality emeralds. A diamond field was discovered in 1992.



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