The Guardian: Gobi mega-mine puts Mongolia on brink of world’s greatest resource boom

After a 16-hour drive under the piercing blue skies of Mongolia’s southern Gobi, the first view of the world’s newest mega-mine looks eerily like a desert aflame. Black clouds of dust billow up above the horizon from the pit at Tavan Tolgoi, where a swarm of bulldozers and mechanical diggers have clawed a 70-metre deep gash into the yellow hills. This resource – thought to be the biggest deposit of coking coal on the planet – is chewed out and transported away to China by a seemingly endless line of trucks that rumble across the plains in a convoy of dust. To read the full article & view the video, click hereGobi mega-mine puts Mongolia on brink of world’s greatest resource boom

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