Glancing down into a tourmaline mine inside a lavaka. Photo © Alizé Carrère

Glancing down into a tourmaline mine inside a lavaka. Photo © Alizé Carrère

When I began my research on lavaka back in October, my first blog post was titled, “Scarred Hillsides in Madagascar May Actually Be Agricultural Gold Mines”. While my fieldwork has proved this to be true in many cases over the last three months of my research, what I didn’t know was that lavaka can, in some instances, be literal gold (and other precious and semi-precious stone) mines.

Full article for National Geographic's Explorers Journal:

http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2014/01/10/severe-erosion-reveals-earths-treasures/

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