Digging to expose the vein in an "Open pit" mining site Pumping the ore into a small plant

Going down the shaft to the gallery Checking progress

A small ball mill used to turn the ore into a fine paste The "elevator boy" who operates the shaft elevator

A plant capable of processing 120 tons of ore per day Getting dirty in the pits

Location map of the gold mine area A centrifuge used by the plant

Working in the gallery Working in the gallery

A close-up of a vein. The gold particles are visible to the naked eye Arial view of an explored creek bed

Logistics truck bringing supplies to the site A typical canteen used by workers and local garimpeiros (artisan gold prospectors) near the river.

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