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Close up of tain’sivana (Ambondromifehy)
Tain’sivana, discarded rough stones and sapphires of little value that other miners have left behind, is often found in rivers and other sieving sites all over the country. In this woman's hand, you can see some of the small colored stones that were mingled with the discarded mine tailings in the sieve to the left. Near the top of the photo, you can also see the relative size of the holes punched in the metal conical sieve (sivana).