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 (pō-tə-sē′, -tō-)
A city of south-central Bolivia southwest of Sucre in the Andes at an altitude of about 4,100 m (13,450 ft). It was founded after silver was discovered in 1545 and during its early days was a fabled source of riches.
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(Spanish potoˈsi)
(Placename) a city in S Bolivia, at an altitude of 4066 m (13 340 ft): one of the highest cities in the world; developed with the discovery of local silver in 1545; tin mining; university (1571). Pop: 144 000 (2005 est)
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(ˌpɔ tɔˈsi)

a city in S Bolivia. 113,000; 13,022 ft. (3970 m) above sea level.
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CAPS Bullet then piano keys M to change font K AND DANGEROUS In a silver mine in Cerro Rico, Bolivia
This is Cerro Rico ("rich mountain"), and it has been scoured for its minerals for 468 continuous years, ever since an early Spanish expedition found blobs of pure silver lying close to the surface.
Hundreds of years of mining have exhausted the mineral wealth of Bolivia's Cerro Rico (Rich Hill), yet more than 10,000 people continue searching for zinc, tin, lead and silver.
In a public event on April 1 in Potosi--the southern city founded in the mid-16th century at the foot of Cerro Rico (called the "silver mountain" by the Spanish colonizers, who had discovered the world's largest silver mine, now depleted from irrational exploitation)--Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera spoke at length about the benefits of the nationalizations and gave the concrete example of what he called the recovery of YPFB.
The film aACAyCerro Rico, Tierra Rico -- Cerro Rico rich land', which is the name for the Conical mountain in Bolivia tells the story of depletion of more than half of the mineral wealth of the mountain, and the keenness of the miners searching for zinc, silver, and various metals.
El texto se aprecia en su especificidad en la medida en que el lector sigue la <<Ruta de la Plata>>, serpenteando entre los pueblos de la zona costera y de los valles, de la precordillera y el altiplano, que desde Arica llevaba a Cerro Rico de Potosi.
Potosi the silver-city of South Bolivia housed a 4,824 meters high Cerro Rico peak.
Potosi, once South America's wealthiest city due to the silver mine within the conical mountain which looms above it, is now even more treacherous for miners than usual, because of regular landslides prompted by some 90 kilometers (55 miles) of tunnels within the hulking Cerro Rico, or "rich hill".