At the Zircon Mining Site

At the Zircon mining site I was privileged to be able to spend time with the local miners and to learn about their story. They are a hard working courageous people whose lives have been greatly enhanced by the gems. There is no large corporate control, just small time miners digging and making a living for their families.

Analyzing the rough at the mine.

Analyzing the rough at the mine.

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Preparing to descend!

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Really contemplating my fate. To descend or not descend?!!

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Checking out the rough that this miner just unearthed 50 feet below

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Visiting with our new friends in town

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Visiting with the miners after ascending from the mine

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A proud miner showing what he found.

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Observing a miner as she digs out a tunnel

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