PHOTOS: Mongolia Gold Rush Destroying Rivers

PHOTOS: Mongolia Gold Rush Destroying Rivers
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Dump trucks haul loads of soil at the Russian Golden East gold mine in Zaamar, Mongolia, in July 2005.

Industry experts say that mining in Mongolia is in a nascent stage.

"The boom really hasn't yet started," said Layton Croft, an executive with Ivanhoe Mines, a Canadian mining company with a massive copper and gold mine development project in southern Mongolia.

In Zaamar expanding operations have turned much of the once-pristine Vgvvmvr valley into a vast dirt pile, according to environmentalists.
—Photograph by Elizabeth Dalziel/AP
 
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