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Biggest silver reserves in the world

Last updated on: June 14, 2012 09:04 IST

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World silver mine production increased to a new record of 23,800 tonnes as a result of increased production at primary silver and lead-zinc mines.

Production at the Palmarejo (primary silver) and Penasquito (lead-zinc) Mines in Mexico contributed to maintaining Mexico as the world's leading silver producer.

Production increases also took place in China and Australia - for example, at the Cannington Mine, the world's leading silver-producing mine.

Let's take a look at some of the biggest reserves of silver in the world.

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Image: A trader displays silver ornaments inside his shop in Ahmedabad.
Photographs: Amit Dave/Reuters

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Peru

Mine production (2010): 3,640 tonnes

Mine production (2011): 4,000 tonnes

Total reserves: 120,000 tonnes

Global rank: 1

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Image: A man drives his horse-drawn carriage past the front of the presidential palace in Lima.
Photographs: Henry Romero/Reuters
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Poland

Mine production (2010): 1,180 tonnes

Mine production (2011): 1,200 tonnes

Total reserves: 85,000 tonnes

Global rank: 2

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Image: A view of capital Warsaw, Poland.
Photographs: Peter Andrews/Reuters
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Chile

Mine production (2010): 1,280 tonnes

Mine production (2011): 1,400 tonnes

Total reserves: 70,000 tonnes

Global rank: 3

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Image: A view of capital Santiago City.
Photographs: Victor Ruiz Caballero/Reuters
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Australia

Mine production (2010): 1,860 tonnes

Mine production (2011): 1,900 tonnes

Total reserves: 69,000 tonnes

Global rank: 4

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Image: Shoppers walk through a complex in Melbourne.
Photographs: Mick Tsikas/Reuters
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China

Mine production (2010): 3,500 tonnes

Mine production (2011): 4,000 tonnes

Total reserves: 43,000 tonnes

Global rank: 5

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Image: Vehicles pass through the brightly-lit Nanpu Bridge in Shanghai.
Photographs: Claro Cortes/Reuters
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Mexico

Mine production (2010): 4,410 tonnes

Mine production (2011): 4,500 tonnes

Total reserves: 37,000 tonnes

Global rank: 6

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Image: People walk outside the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City.
Photographs: Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters
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The United States

Mine production (2010): 1,270 tonnes

Mine production (2011): 1,160 tonnes

Total reserves: 25,000 tonnes

Global rank: 7

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Image: A view of the downtown area in Los Angeles.
Photographs: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

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Bolivia

Mine production (2010): 1,260 tonnes

Mine production (2011): 1,350 tonnes

Total reserves: 22,000 tonnes

Global rank: 8

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Image: A wild family of vicunas cross a road in the Bolivian highlands. These South American camelids are relatives of the llama and the alpaca and produce small amounts of extremely fine wool.
Photographs: Jorge Silva/Reuters
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Russia

Mine production (2010): 1,150 tonnes

Mine production (2011): 1,400 tonnes

Total reserves: N/A

Global rank: 9

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Image: A view of the Moscow River in the centre of the capital.
Photographs: Denis Sinyakov/Reuters
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Canada

Mine production (2010): 600 tonnes

Mine production (2011): 700 tonnes

Total reserves: 7,000 tonnes

Global rank: 10


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