Dominican Republic seeks to improve conditions, prospects for informal larimar mining

April 1, 2015 4:48 AM

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Dominican Republic seeks to improve conditions, prospects for informal larimar mining

In this March 18, 2015 photo, miners work inside a mine for the blue-green gemstone known as larimar in Las Filipinas, Barahona province, Dominican Republic. The gem has provided a modest source of income for about 1,000 miners and their families since it was rediscovered four decades ago. (AP Photo/Ezequiel Abiu Lopez) (The Associated Press)

In this March 18, 2015 photo, miners look at a recently extracted larimar stone in Las Filipinas, Barahona province, Dominican Republic. The local mining cooperatives have held the right to dig since the early 1980s. They don’t pay taxes and there are no official statistics about the economic impact...

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