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Sapphire mining in southern Sri Lanka may not be as dangerous as other gem mining although still comes with risk. Mr Jayarathna of Rathna gems halt, Ratnapura, tells me the risk doesn’t come so much from collapsing shafts but from the release of toxic gases trapped in the soil. Ratnapura in southern Sri Lanka is famous worldwide for its gems. In Jan 2016 the largest blue star sapphire ever found came from the district. As did the sapphire in the Duchess of Cambridge’s engagement ring. Some reports claim the tennis ball sized gem found recently has been valued at up to $300 million. . Gem mining begins with finding the correct area. In Ratnapura this is in the rice paddy fields surrounding the town. Up to fifty metres below the service is the gravelly deposit called ilam. Formed millennia ago by erupting volcanoes and continental breakup before washing down into valleys by rivers and erosion over the ages. Now buried up to fifty metres below mud and soil, getting it out is an arduous process. Pits are dug, water pumped out by diesel pump engines and large timber frames erected along the depth and length of the tunnel. After it has reached the required depth the tunnel may burrow out horizontally another fifty metres or more. Once a deposit of ilam is found its hacked out by hand and transported to the surface. This is washed and sorted carefully then possible gem quality stones sold to local agents who will sell it on to the bigger markets in the capital or directly to foreign clients. These are then cut and polished in country or taken abroad as rough uncut and unpolished stones. . An important industry to Sri Lanka and one of its major exports land is normally leased from the owner or government and mining concessions given accordingly. Profits are shared out amongst landowners, pump providers and miners, if stones are found. An ilam extracting miner can expect to earn around $5 a day 😳 💎 . Sources W. Jayarathna, Rathna gems halt, Ratnapura Forbes, BBC, The Guardian, Wildfish gems.com #srilanka #ratnapura #gems #sapphires #mining #reportage #think #earth


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On the road to Queenstown. Nombreux sont les paysages similaires sur l'ile du sud en raison d'un vaste projet de déforestation pour favoriser l'agriculture et et l'exploitation de la viande. Avant la colonisation plus de 80% du territoire était recouvert par la forêt, aujourd'hui seulement 25%.. #newzealand #travelphotography #travel #landscape #landscapelovers #explore #explorer #exploringtheglobe #neverstopexploring #inspired #wanderlust #aroundtheworld #passionpassport #goodvibes #naturephotography #naturelover #natgeo #naturegeography #earthpix #earth #worldtraveler #world #cultureoftravel #mindfuldestinations #paradiseglobal #exploringislands #discoverearth #magicalmoments #bestestcatintheworld


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M o o n B o t t l e s 🌒 . . #gifted @moon.bottles . . We were very kindly sent these Moon Bottles; premium insulated stainless steel water bottles. They are our latest small step towards living an eco friendly life and eliminating single use water bottles and take out cups ♻️🌍 . . As a family we absolutely love them! They keep your water cold for 24 hours and tea or coffee hot for 12 hours 🙌🏼 We’ve had them for a few weeks now and can confirm this totally works, as well as being leakproof 🥰 Amazing for days out as well as taking to work! . . The most gorgeous design and colours, along with a lifetime guarantee and caring for the environment. What’s not to love? ❤️ . . . . . #mydreamcometrue #mypurposeinlife #bloggersofinstagram #mummyinfluencer #mamablogger #communityofmums20 #unitedinmotherhood #candidmotherhood #staysafe #quarantinelife #mumblogger #muminfluencer #eco #ecofriendly #zerowaste #sustainable #sustainability #plasticfree #savetheplanet #handmade #organic #reuse #sustainableliving #natural #o #a #earth #noplastic


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When it comes to self-isolating, one place I wouldn't mind being in is the Okavango delta, where every evening you get a jaw dropping sunset, followed by a night looking up at the star constellations and the Milky way. Photo by @bgd_photography #sunset#sunsetphotography#sunsetlover#sunsets#sunsetsky#sunset_pics#sunset_madness#instasunsets#nikon#photography#wildlife#wildlifephotography#nature#naturelover#naturelovers#nature_lovers#naturephotography#botswana#africa#safari#earth#travel#explore#sky#landscapephotography#natgeo#natgeoyourshot#wild#picoftheday#raw_africa_


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No time, no space, no lies, nothing around us 🌍 #earth #prime #day24 #quarantine #ibiza #myself


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Beautiful island of Tahiti as captured by @zimydakid . . . Use #showyourtravelpics to get featured . . . #earth #nature #island #islandlife #drone #naturegeography #naturegram #mountains #green #natgeoyourshot


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Cachoeira da Pedra Branca Paraty / Cunha - RJ Pensa num lugar com cachoeiras lindas!!!! Arraste pro lado➡️➡️ para ver a imagem sem edição. . . . #waterfall #nature #photography #beautifuldestinations #picture #natgeo #travelphotography #longexposurephotography #earth #natgeotravel #picoftheday #color #longexposure #photography #work #riodejaneiro #paraty #vacation #trip #travel #lightroom


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Every day is Earth day. The calendar will tell you "earth day" is on the 22nd of this month, which is great! It's important to have a dedicated day to give thanks to our home. It provides us the air we breathe and the food we eat. One day isn't enough in my opinion though. Would you clean your house once a year? What about your bathroom? I sure wouldn't. A consistent care is needed for everything to stay clean and healthy. Our home is in trouble and needs us to help take care of it. We have the power and the ability to reinvent how we take care of earth, our home. How are you celebrating #earthday or #earthdayeveryday? I have a huge trash cleanup project in mind, because why wait for someone else to care for earth/home? It's up to you and it's up to me to be the change you/we want to see in the world. We got this, my fellow earthlings. 🌎 - - - - - - - - - #fridaysforfuture #climatechange #earth #astrophotography #stargazing #stars #nightsky #nhdaily #nhlife #nh_igers #hikenewhampshire #adventure #newengland #newengland_igers #newhampshirephotographer #clearskies #lightpollution #milkyway #visitnewengland #visitnh #whitemountainsnh #whitemountains #wmnf #nature


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❤cute❤ Earth nature photography❤ Seeing in your eyes😲 🔜follow: @earth_behaviour 🔜follow: @earth_behaviour 🔜follow: @earth_behaviour follow Other accounts for knowledge 👉 @sense_makerr #photography #nature #earth #earthquake #bestearthplaces #natural #earthpix #naturephotograpy #earthphotography #like #follow


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🌍𝐕𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐚𝐠 𝐢𝐬 𝐝𝐞 𝐖𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐝 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐫 𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐤𝐣𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐨𝐢𝐞𝐫...🌍 Onze tekst in het geboortekaartje gekozen voor alle corona perikelen en nu heel erg passend! #geboorte #geboortekaartje #tekst #birth #mamaverhalen #wereld #earth #aarde #momstories #instamom #dutchmom #motherhood #moederschap #moeder #mama #mommy #mom #birthannouncement #3weeksold #3wekenoud #son #zoon #babyboy #baby #jongen


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🌈 EARTH MOTHER 🌍 She's finally finished! What do you think? Things have been stressful for all of us lately, so try and take some time to meditate and connect with the earth. Trying to stay positive, and honestly, I've been so grateful to have this time to work on my art. #earth #earthmother #motherearth #mothernature #nature #love #rebirth #art #artwork #painting #acrylicpainting #dotart #dotsandlines #psychedelicart #psychedelicpainting #universalconnection #meditation #meditate #reconnect #lookinward


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