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Miner

Craig Notman, a mine worker from Staffordshire, is travelling to Mongolia to dig for gold in some of the toughest conditions on Earth. Mongolia is a country enjoying the world's biggest economic boom, entirely supported by mining. But while some people are getting rich, more than 40 percent of the population lives in poverty. Craig is staying in a traditional Mongolian tent, or ger, and working with local miner Sukhbaatar.

Like tens of thousands of small-scale miners, Sukhbaatar digs tunnels into the Mongolian steppe, searching for gold deep underground. It is a gruelling and dangerous way to earn just a few pounds a day. Thousands have died in the precarious networks of underground tunnels. Safety conscious Craig braves the tunnels himself as he learns to dig and pan for gold. He has to endure extreme weather and back-breaking work, and get to grips with unusual cuisine. Along the way, he discovers that a traditional nomadic people have been driven off their land by unprecedented extreme weather. With no other work in prospect, they must risk their lives every day in a desperate attempt to make money.

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1 hour

Last on

Sun 25 Nov 2012 00:30

BBC News: Risking life in the Mongolian gold rush

BBC News: Risking life in the Mongolian gold rush
"The ground collapses. Some people are saved and some have died buried in the ground."

Find out more about the dangers of the Mongolian gold mines on the BBC News site

BBC News Country Profiles: Mongolia

BBC News Country Profiles: Mongolia

Mongolia sits on vast quantities of untapped mineral wealth - but many Mongolians live in poverty.


Read about Mongolia's people, climate and politics


 

BBC Human Planet Explorer

BBC Human Planet Explorer

See Mongolia's nomadic horse herders in action - and witness a traditional Mongolian tent or 'ger' being built in one minute flat.

 

Visit the Mongolia section of BBC Human Planet Explorer

 

Credits

Role Contributor
DirectorSimon Muriel
DirectorSimon Muriel
ProducerSimon Muriel
ProducerSimon Muriel
Executive ProducerSam Bagnall
Executive ProducerSam Bagnall
Series ProducerSimon Watts-Davies