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Excavating the Earth for Metals—A Photography Exhibition by Sadiq Mustapha

It is believed that artisanal miners often undertake the activity of mining seasonally, mostly during the dry season, these activities include panning for gold in rivers and the development of underground and small-scale processing plants. The miners at the Takalafiya village of Lapai local government of Niger State, Nigeria mine gold from schist rocks throughout the season using underground mining methods to reach the gold-bearing rocks, which are later transported to a processing plant where the rocks are crushed, ground, and washed to recover the metal.

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