Other mines began to compete with De Beers.
Banks told me that the mines had been bought cheaply.
“It’s like when departing armies leave scattered mines in a field,” Sabatini added.
Serial numbers from nearby unexploded mines matched those on mines captured aboard Iran Ajr.
The South African mines were small and largely exhausted.
It had interests in gold, coal, and copper mines as well.
Classified during the war as “nonessential,” gold mines were forced to close.
Cambodia still has millions of active land mines remaining from decades of warfare.
Low copper prices caused the mines to close in 2002, but many of the mines were reopened in 2007.
An important armament variation was the submarine modified to lay mines during covert missions off an enemy’s harbours.
On Monday, 54% of all new cases were recorded in Upper Silesia, southern Poland, home to the majority of Poland’s coal mines.
Will the Americans be allowed to have an exception for anti-personnel mines used to protect anti-tank mines?
Mines were even more important during World War II; in that conflict, mines sank 1,316 Axis ships and damaged 540.
Certifying a couple of hundred mines might not seem like a lot, considering that there are thousands of mines in the DRC.
Greek miners were working the mines in the time of Alexander the Great, and later the mines yielded their gems to Cleopatra.
There are two basic types: antitank mines designed to destroy or damage vehicles, especially tanks; and lighter antipersonnel mines.
Other lesser mines also fell under Rhodes’s control, until by 1891 De Beers Consolidated Mines, Ltd., owned 90 percent of the world’s production of diamonds.
Once the wars in these countries ended, vast numbers of active mines remained in rural or sparsely inhabited areas, and the efforts mounted by civil governments to locate and clear these mines often proved limited or ineffective.
The M-139 uses M87 and M87A1 mine canisters which contain five Anti-Tank (AT) mines and one Anti-Personnel (AP) mine or six AT mines, respectively, plus a propulsion device to scatter them 35 to 70 meters away from the helicopter.
Trade of land mines had virtually ceased, more than 50 million stockpiled mines had been destroyed, and the number of mine-producing states had dropped from 54 to 11 (not all of them were active producers of mines).
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