Since the days of the Spanish conquerors the mineral wealth of the Andes, and the even more fabulous reports of it, have made the name of Peru synonymous with untold riches and have attracted mining ventures, first oh the part of daring colonial prospectors and later of substantial modern companies, into the rugged peaks and high treeless plateaus of the cordillera. The mineralogist, however greatly intrigued by the glamor of romance, finds much of a purely scientific nature to claim his interest.

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