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Gold foundry. Worker using a blowtorch to melt gold at a foundry. Gold is a precious metal, and here it is being prepared for use in jewellery. This is the Kuranakh jewellery factory run by the OOO Aldanzoloto mining company that operates the Kuranakh gold and silver mines. Kuranakh is in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), in eastern Russia. Photographed on 2 September 2005.
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