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Indonesia tackles illegal mining boom amid gold rush

The miners usually work at open sites next to rivers, where they dig shallow pits in the hunt for deposits

An excavator at an illegal gold mine located along the banks of the Tabir river in Indonesia's Sumatra. Activists believe authorities need to arrest the wealthy financiers in order to stop the practice.

West Tabir, Indonesia

HULKING excavators claw at riverbanks on Indonesia's Sumatra island in the hunt for gold, transforming what was once a rural idyll into a scarred, pitted moonscape.

It is one of a huge number of illegal gold mines that have sprung up across the resource-rich...