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Inside Kazakhstan's Altyntau Gold Mine

As the price of gold dropped to its lowest point in three years this week, the sustainability of the gold-mining industry is under debate. Kazakhstan, where gold production has increased rapidly in the past decade, is among the countries to feel the impact of the price fluctuation. Reuters photographer Andrey Lunin filed these photos from the Altyntau gold mine and extraction plant outside the town of Kokshetau in northern Kazakhstan. (8 PHOTOS)