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Location address: United Kingdom, Derry
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The Sperrins or Sperrin Mountains (from Irish Speirín, meaning “little pinnacle”) are a range of mountains in Northern Ireland and one of the largest upland areas in Ireland. The range stretches the counties of Tyrone and Londonderry from south of Strabane eastwards to Slieve Gallion in Desertmartin and north towards Limavady. The region has a population of some 150,000 and is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Sperrins could contain the 7th largest gold mine in the world according to geological survey. Minerals geologist Mark Patton from the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (GSNI) introduces us to gold exploration and the site of a new mine in the Sperrin Mountains (see video).