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Molten metal: Pouring bars of silver at Poland's Glogow smelter

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Melted silver ready to be poured into moulds is seen at the KGHM Copper and Precious Metals smelter and processing plant in Glogow, Poland, on May 10, 2013.

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A worker looks on at the KGHM smelter and processing plant.

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Melted silver is poured into moulds at the KGHM smelter.

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Construction of the plant began in 1968. A second smelter at the site was brought on line in 1978.

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A worker supervises the pouring of molten silver into moulds.

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Workers prepare to pour molten silver.

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A worker looks on while pouring melted copper into a furnace at the KGHM smelter in Glogow. The plant utilizes one-stage flash furnace copper smelting technology.

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A worker pours melted copper at the KGHM Copper and Precious Metals smelter.

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The molten copper is poured.

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A worker removes a freshly made bar of silver from a mould at the KGHM smelter.

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Unrefined pieces of silver are stacked at the KGHM copper and precious metals smelter processing plant in Glogow.

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A freshly produced silver bar is moved by a worker.

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A worker takes a break at the KGHM smelter.

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A worker pours melted silver into moulds.

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A worker weighs a finished silver bar. The smelter produces bars weighing 900 to 1,050 troy ounces and 99.99 per cent pure.

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Bars of silver are placed on wooden pallets at the KGHM processing plant, which also produces silver granules.

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A worker carries a finished silver bar.

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