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Mining in Mongolia

Who’s making cash? It’s not just China but it’s quiet neighbors to the north are also growing at a large rate. It’s not all about building but it’s also about mining. The rich will get richer, and the poor who have to dig up the copper and so forth will end up poorer than ever. It’s an opportunity and won’t last forever. (NPR – Minegolia)

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T-Rex Auction is Today

Get this for a cool million. I wish I could get it. Imagine, it’s 8 feet tall and 24 feet long. It can fit into a huge living room. (Business Week – T Rex) It’s also of some controversy, the President of Mongolia is asking to halt the auction! (USAToday – Mongolia) Where did it come from? Mongolia… is it legit? The auction house says so, but it’s like a National Treasure, isn’t it? Either way, hope I get to see it in person one day.   I dig dinosaurs. Really. Here’s some older photos from a previous visit to the Field Museum.   Photos from a visit to the LA Natural History Museum just this year.

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A Day at the Races

In Mongolia horse races happen all year long, even in the crazy cold winter. In the winter, young horses (mostly 4 year olds) gallop across snow covered flatlands with jockeys only a few years older than them (7-10 years old) for a day of races, for crowds that grow throughout the day.   Like most things here, it’s not quite like what we’re used to in the West. For starters, races are run like endurance races, over rugged terrain (no real track to speak of), in extreme weather, and for 15-20 kilometers (about 10 miles). Spectators don’t just stand and watch the race, they ride along with the racers, either by horse or car. The winner’s circle is more like...

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Mongolia Move? Ulaanbaatar Anyone?

An unlikely place to move? It’s UB, Mongolia. Yes it’s stricken with poverty, it’s cold, but it’s rich in minerals. The future looks bright here if you’re into hustling. It’s like China ten years ago. You might need to work it and ride out the hard times, but you might come out on top. (Mad-Mongolia – Mongolia)

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More Great Wall Found Outside of China, In Mongolia

It might be made of dirt, mud, twigs, and stands shin high, but there’s a lot of Great Wall of China in Mongolia. It gets taller and does run for 62 miles, so it’s significant. It was thought to be built and rebuilt by a son of Genghis Khan, and the best part? It’s founder, William Lindesay used Google Earth to find it! He saw what looked like a pen line! (Telegraph UK – William Lindesay Great Wall)   William Lindesay

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