31 Jul '17, 6pm

What happens after a mining rush? Photographs from Madagascar

What happens after a mining rush? Photographs from Madagascar

Precious and semi-precious stone mines, legal or not, are born, die, and spring back to life all over Madagascar. Much of the gem mining in Madagascar is unofficial and therefore unregulated, so the immediate impacts are high, both envirnmentally and socially. But people seldom examine the long-lasting effects. Toward the end of 2016, photoreporter Arnaud De Grave spent several months in the country’s eastern Alaotra-Mangoro region, in an area experiencing a mining recession. His photos show the toll of mining on people’s lives and the landscape. ALAOTRA-MANGORO, Madagascar — Mines, legal or not, are born, die, and spring back to life all over Madagascar. It has been this way since the 1990s. Some become famous, such as the recent one near Didy, a small town in the country’s eastern Alaotra-Mangoro region. In November 2016 a London-based gemologist published a video showin...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2017/07/what-happens-after-a-mi...

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