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Primitive gold mine

<p>A man carries a load of stones to break at a primitive gold mine in Panompa, near Phichin,Thailand, February 17, 2011. 

REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

A man carries a load of stones to break at a primitive gold mine in Panompa, near Phichin,Thailand, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A man carries a load of stones to break at a primitive gold mine in Panompa, near Phichin,Thailand, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>A man holds a stick as he installs a pump to extract mud at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, Thailand, February 17, 2011.

REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

A man holds a stick as he installs a pump to extract mud at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, Thailand, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A man holds a stick as he installs a pump to extract mud at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, Thailand, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>A woman breaks stones at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. A group of Thais use primitive tools and methods to extract gold from self-run mines near the country's biggest and most modern Chatree gold mine.


REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

A woman breaks stones at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. A group of Thais use primitive tools and methods to extract gold from self-run mines near the country's biggest and most modern Chatree gold mine. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj...more

A woman breaks stones at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. A group of Thais use primitive tools and methods to extract gold from self-run mines near the country's biggest and most modern Chatree gold mine. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>A man carries a load of stones to break at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. 


REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

A man carries a load of stones to break at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A man carries a load of stones to break at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>A child sits under netting as people work at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. A family working at the mine can get around one gram of gold per day which they sell at the site for about 1000 Thai bahts ($32). 

REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

A child sits under netting as people work at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. A family working at the mine can get around one gram of gold per day which they sell at the site for about 1000 Thai bahts ($32). REUTERS/Damir...more

A child sits under netting as people work at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. A family working at the mine can get around one gram of gold per day which they sell at the site for about 1000 Thai bahts ($32). REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>Golden dust appears as people pan for gold at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. 


REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

Golden dust appears as people pan for gold at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Golden dust appears as people pan for gold at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>A man breaks stones at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. 


REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

A man breaks stones at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A man breaks stones at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>Two men install a pump to extract mud at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. 


REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

Two men install a pump to extract mud at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Two men install a pump to extract mud at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>Boonchu Tiengtan pauses from breaking stones at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. 


REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

Boonchu Tiengtan pauses from breaking stones at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Boonchu Tiengtan pauses from breaking stones at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>A man holds a netting as people work at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. 


REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

A man holds a netting as people work at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A man holds a netting as people work at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>A man breaks stones at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. 


REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

A man breaks stones at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A man breaks stones at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>A woman places stones, extracted from a primitive gold mine, into bags near Phichin, February 17, 2011. 

REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

A woman places stones, extracted from a primitive gold mine, into bags near Phichin, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A woman places stones, extracted from a primitive gold mine, into bags near Phichin, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>A man holds a stick as he installs a pump to extract mud at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. 

REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

A man holds a stick as he installs a pump to extract mud at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A man holds a stick as he installs a pump to extract mud at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>An elderly Thai man pauses from breaking stones at a primitive gold mine in Panompa near Phichin, February 17, 2011.


REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

An elderly Thai man pauses from breaking stones at a primitive gold mine in Panompa near Phichin, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

An elderly Thai man pauses from breaking stones at a primitive gold mine in Panompa near Phichin, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>People pan for gold at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011.


 REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

People pan for gold at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

People pan for gold at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>People take a break from breaking stones at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. 


REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

People take a break from breaking stones at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

People take a break from breaking stones at a primitive gold mine near Phichin, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>A woman holds two pieces of gold which her family extracted after a day of work at a primitive gold mine Phichin, February 17, 2011. 

REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

A woman holds two pieces of gold which her family extracted after a day of work at a primitive gold mine Phichin, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A woman holds two pieces of gold which her family extracted after a day of work at a primitive gold mine Phichin, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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