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Going for the Gold
Photograph by Steve Winter

With dreams of striking it rich, a gold miner maneuvers a pole he uses in his sluice-mining operation near the town of Shinbwiyang. Gold mania has transformed this once-sleepy village into a boomtown of at least 30,000 with a Wild West atmosphere. Ponds like the one above hold runoff water—poisoned with mercury or cyanide used in gold mining—that will flow into the region's river system. Such threats to the environment add impetus to efforts to protect the valley's once pristine ecosystem.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 3
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 17-35mm f/2.8 Canon
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/7.1
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: 5 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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