The Guelb mine site is seen in Zouerate June 24, 2014. Mauritania's SNIM iron ore mining company aims to produce 13 million tonnes in 2014, around the same level as last year, the majority state-owned... more 
The Guelb mine site is seen in Zouerate June 24, 2014. Mauritania's SNIM iron ore mining company aims to produce 13 million tonnes in 2014, around the same level as last year, the majority state-owned firm said. SNIM mines black iron ore in the northern town of Zouerate, a remote desert location which nevertheless attracts people from all over the country looking for work. SNIM employees proudly call their firm the lung of their nation's economy and the train that ferries the ore to the coast stretches some two kilometres, making it one of the world's longest. Picture taken June 24, 2014. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MAURITANIA - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 04 OF 33 FOR PACKAGE 'JOURNEY THROUGH MAURITANIA' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'PENNEY SNIM' less 
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Thu, Jul 31, 2014 6:04 AM EDT