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Mining on a massive scale in Australia

2 July 2013 Last updated at 11:14 BST

Australia's economy has proved resilient during the global economic downturn, but there are fears the slowdown in Chinese manufacturing could depress demand for iron ore and other commodities.

The BBC's Linda Yueh has been on a tour of Mount Whaleback - an iron ore mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.