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One Filipino town's risky search for gold

Compressor mining

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Underwater miningMambulao BayRisky workCompressor miningMurky diveMiner emergesLong divesNipa palmsCollapsed tunnelsMuddy depthsAir sourceBreathing tubeA day's workSorting oreAdding mercuryPanned goldSundown

Compressor mining

A compressor miner sinks below the muddy water of Mambulao Bay to begin a dive for ore that can last for hours. Their job is to fill bucket after bucket with soil for a fellow miner to haul to the surface.