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La Rinconada, into the gold's bubble 10
La RInconada, Peru
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
29 Sep 2009

29 September 2009. Pallaqueras (women who select stones from the mine mines looking for remains of gold) are pictured during their work in La Rinconada, Ananea, Peru.

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Mining for Sapphires in Madagascar 10
bezaha, madagascar
By Lihee Avidan
19 Jan 2008

Bezaha, Tulear, in South West Madagascar- workers go down to the river to wash the gravel containing precious stones. Huts shelter traders from the sun. The green sieve is used to wash away dirt on gems.

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Mining for Sapphires in Madagascar 7
Fianarantsoa, madagascar
By Lihee Avidan
19 Jan 2008

Miners in Fianarantsoa, Madagascar, dig for precious stones. A hole, 20 meters deep into the ground, is dug with iron spikes, shovels, and pure manpower. In remote communities small teams or societies operate without any infrastructure, ventilation or roof supports.

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Mining for Sapphires in Madagascar 1
Ilakaka, madagascar
By Lihee Avidan
15 Jul 2007

Sapphire miners in Ilakaka, South West Madagascar, earn a maximum wage of $1.75 per day. Most miners live below the World Banks poverty line of $1.00 per day.