KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - MAY 18: Student, Rohina uses the cutting wheel to shape a stone at a Turquoise Mountain Gem cutting and polishing class on May 18, 2011, in Kabul, Afghanistan. The mineral ... more 
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - MAY 18: Student, Rohina uses the cutting wheel to shape a stone at a Turquoise Mountain Gem cutting and polishing class on May 18, 2011, in Kabul, Afghanistan. The mineral resources of Afghanistan are relatively unexplored even with Afghanistan's mineral wealth of coal, copper, gold and iron ore, with precious and semiprecious stones, including high-quality emerald, lapis lazuli, red garnet and ruby. Given the country's remote and rugged terrain, on-going instability plus an inadequate infrastructure and transportation means that mining is still difficult. While many are trying to bring positive changes, Afghanistan's mining industry uses unregulated, primitive methods and outdated equipment. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) less 
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