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One Filipino town's risky search for gold

A day's work

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A day's work

Jonathon Ramorez, 12, uses a wide, wooden pan to separate gold from sediment in the Philippines’ Mambulao Bay. A plastic bag holds a small lump of mercury and gold, the product of the mining crew’s work for the day.