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The unique practice of mining gold using a hose and an air compressor, the so-called compressor mining, originates from the Philippines as far back as the mid-1990s. It started with fishermen who saw an opportunity to dive deeper and farther to catch fish. Since the divers extract ground, the holes become wider and lose their natural strength. The narrow tunnels are often located at a depth of 10-12 meters, and when a tunnel collapses, the diver risks being buried alive. But it’s not just a tunnel collapse that makes this type of gold digging risky, the divers also risk that the air compressor stops working and if they don’t find their way out soon enough, it can also have a fatal outcome.

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