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Favorite thing: Tin mining was one of major economic activities in the Kinta Valley around Ipoh. Malaysia used to the largest exporter of tin where this metal was used for canning and other purposes.
Tin was mined from alluvial deposits by the river. It was manually dug or flushed with water jets and then separated from the alluvial using an elevated wooden inclined structure with running water and with catchment traps for the heavier tin.
Another method was the completely automated system of the tin dredge. Like a floating ship, inside the tin dredge, alluvial deposit were continually scooped by automated buckets and then poured through a series of collectors for the tin ores. It was like a giant tank monster eating tin from the ground.
So it used to be a majestic sight to see this giant tin dredge from a distance in the flat riverside.
Now there are just distant memories.
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