Trea­sures in the Mines

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Un­like nat­u­ral karst caves, mines have few lime­stone for­ma­tions, mak­ing the wa­ter sed­i­ment, namely the sta­lac­tite, and the scat­tered cal­cite quite pre­cious. Photo/ Huang Junyu

Be­fore they en­tered the mine tun­nels, the cavers made jokes about who would be the lucky guy to find an­cient gold buried un­der­ground. Gong Han­shun, a mem­ber of the Guangxi Fly­ing Cat Cav­ing Team, be­came the one hold­ing trea­sure in his hands. How­ever, the trea­sure was not gold but a com­mon ore cov­ered with a green layer of ox­ide.

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