So there’s a story about a mineral sands deposit in Mozambique:
The disputes concerns ownership of two 25-year mining licences covering 32,000 hectares of land on the Indian Ocean coast which is rich valuable heavy minerals, including ilmenite used to make paint and rubber, and zircon, used in ceramics.
And the illustration is:
Agreed, that’s a picture of a mine in Mozambique. But it’s not one of a mineral sands mine. mineral sands are cheap stuff (that ilmenite, last time I looked, was around $50 a tonne) so you don’t go underground, or hard rock, mining for them. Not worth it. A mineral sands deposit is an alluvial one. Will be on or very near the surface and will be strip mined.
Trivia I know but just some pendantry for a Sunday morning.