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Drakelands Mine (Hemerdon Mine; Hemerdon Bal Mine; Hemerdon Ball Mine), Plympton, Tavistock District, Devon, England, UK

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 50° 24' 26'' North , 4° 0' 35'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 50.4074887592, -4.00985283504
UK National Grid Reference:SX572584

An open-cast tungsten mine near Plymouth in Devon - this locality is famed for its high quality scorodite (among the best in Europe) with ferberite and cassiterite. The deposit was sampled in 1982 by AMAX but problems were encountered due to difficulty of separating the clays from the ore.

On 4th December 2007 it was announced that an Australian company, Wolf Minerals LLC, had acquired the rights to mine this deposit, and current plans are to reopen the site as a full-scale open cast metal mine for tungsten and tin, producing up to 3000 tonnes of tungsten metal per year.

The mine restarted production in August 2015 with the first tungsten concentrate in 45 years leaving the deposit.

The original name for the workings was "Hemerdon Bal", this was corrupted over time (possibly due to a mis-spelling on Ordnance Survey maps that remains to this day) to "Hemerdon Ball".

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