TienShan 2006
Gold Bearing Deposits of Central Asia
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[Muruntau Pit]
The Muruntau Open Pit.   A panoramic view of the 3.5 x 2.5 km Muruntau open pit, the lowest bench of which is now 510 m below the pre-mining surface.   To date some 700 Mt of ore has been removed.   The current mining removes around 250 000 tonnes per day of ore + waste, of which 80 000 tonnes is ore.   Photograph by Mike Porter

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