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The largest mechanical puppet ever built in Britain, Cornish Man Mining Engine, is unveiled in Tavistock. The epic 10 metre-high Cornish Man Mining Engine marks the 10th anniversary of the Cornwall and West Devon mining landscape being added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
Miners push the last coal loaded mining carriage at the end of their last shift at the coal mine in the Romanian city of Petrila. Petrila opened in 1859 and is the oldest coal mine in Romania and deepest mine in Europe.
Peruvian riot police await for their transport helicopters to land to pick them up by at the end of an interdiction operation in the illegal gold mining area of La Pampa, in Madre de Dios, southern Peruvian jungle
A boy carries a dog near a Peruvian police operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in a zone known as Mega 14, at the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dio
A miner emerges from an illegal coal mine near the Bosnian town of Vitez yesterday. For the past four years, war veteran Ramiz Rizvic with his son and some family members, have been extracting coal from this illegal and unsafe mine using primitive and makeshift tools. Each of the workers earns the equivalent of $12 for a 12 hour shift at 200 meters (655 ft) deep. They sell each 50 kg (110 lb) sack of their coal for about 4$. High unemployment levels in the former Yugoslavian republic has helped the proliferation of this kind of illegal mining.
An aerial view of a 30m wide sinkhole that has appeared 3.5km east of the Uralkali Solikamsk-2 potash mine in Russia’s Perm region
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Demonstrators protest in the Brisbane CBD over climate change, uranium mining, coal seam gas fracking and traditional land rights ahead of the Group of 20 leaders’ summit, which starts on Saturday
Relatives of Turgut Jilmaz, a miner who died in the explosion at a coal mine in Soma, Turkey, grieve in their home in Elmadere. At least 301 people died in Turkey’s worst ever mining disaster.
A miner carries baskets of sulphur stones out of the crater at the Kawan Ijen volcano in East Java, Indonesia.
Visitors high in the sky and a crane site at the booth of the German company Liebherr at Bauma, the International Trade Fair in Munich, southern Germany, on April 18, 2013. More than 3.400 exhibitors from 57 countries shows their newest products during the great trade fair until April 21, 2013.