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China's Great Armada
JULY 2005
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Toiling for Tin
Photograph by Michael Yamashita

At the bottom end of a soaring market, an ethnic Chinese worker squats in a sluice to gather tin ore at a mine on Bangka Island off the Sumatran coast. Zheng's crewmen found a Chinese community already settled on this Indonesian island when their ships called at Bangka to trade for tin and other goods. Prices for the metal rose substantially in 2004, and abandoned mines are being reworked as demand grows, particularly within China's vigorous economy.


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Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Canon EOS 1V
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: 16-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @f/5.6

Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Sunset
Lighting Techniques: Fill flash

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