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17 Mar. 2014
Locals search for rubies in waste waters produced from... more
17 Mar. 2014
MOGOK, Myanmar
Locals search for rubies in waste waters produced from a nearby ruby mine in Mogok February 28, 2014. Mogok, also known as the Ruby Land, is home to the world-famous Myanmar ruby. Residents from Mogok and nearby areas used to mine rubies for generations, usually on a manageable scale with traditional manual methods, until it was restricted due to joint ventures between the ruling government and its close business associates about 20 years ago. Unscrupulous mining by joint ventures, using heavy machinery, has left the town with dumps and craters. According to official data compiled by the state-run Central Statistical Organisation, the total ruby production in the country was over 19 million kilograms in the 2012-2013 (April/March) fiscal year and over 43 million kilograms in the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Picture taken February 28, 2014. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun (MYANMAR - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)
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