Journey Through Mauritania

Mauritania’s SNIM iron ore mining company aims to produce 13 million tonnes in 2014, around the same level as last year, the majority state-owned firm said. SNIM mines black iron ore in the northern town of Zouerate, a remote desert location which nevertheless attracts people from all over the country looking for work. SNIM employees proudly call their firm the lung of their nation’s economy and the train that ferries the ore to the coast stretches some two kilometres, making it one of the world’s longest. [32 photos total]

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A truck drives along a road at the TO-14 iron ore mine in Zouerate (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #
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A SNIM truck driver walks in front of trucks at the TO-14 iron ore mine in Zouerate (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #
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A machine which breaks down iron ore is seen at the SNIM TO-14 iron ore mine in Zouerate (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #
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The Guelb mine site is seen in Zouerate (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #
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A SNIM freight train moves to collect iron ore at the Guelb mine site in Zouerate (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #
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A SNIM worker oversees the transfer of iron ore to train cars at the Guelb mine site in Zouerate (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #
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A man climbs down from a rooftop in the iron ore mining town of Zouerate (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #
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A woman walks in front of houses for SNIM workers in the iron ore mining town of Zouerate (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #
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People wait to board a SNIM train carrying iron ore and mine workers to Nouadhibou on the Atlantic coast, in Zouerate (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #
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Passengers take a break while travelling on a SNIM train carrying iron ore and mine workers across the desert outside Nouadhibou (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #
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A Chinese businessman looks out the window while on board a SNIM train carrying iron ore and mine workers across the desert outside Zouerate (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #
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Youths stand on a SNIM train carrying iron ore and mine workers in Zouerate (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #
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A SNIM train officer drinks water on a train carrying iron ore and mine workers outside Zouerate (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #
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People wait to board a SNIM train carrying iron ore and mine workers to Nouadhibou on the Atlantic coast, in Choum (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #
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People wait to board a SNIM train carrying iron ore and mine workers to Nouadhibou on the Atlantic coast, in Choum (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #
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People are seen sitting near to a herd of goats from a window on SNIM train carrying iron ore and mine workers outside Nouadhibou (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #
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Passengers take a break to pray while travelling on SNIM train carrying iron ore and mine workers across the desert outside Nouadhibou (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #
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Passengers take a break while travelling on a SNIM train carrying iron ore and mine workers across the desert outside Nouadhibou (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #
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A SNIM train officer peers out from a train carrying iron ore and mine workers outside Zouerate (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #
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A SNIM train carrying iron ore arrives in Nouadhibou (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #
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Passengers on a SNIM train carrying iron ore and mine workers arrive in Nouadhibou (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #
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Passengers on a SNIM train carrying iron ore and mine workers arrive in Nouadhibou (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #
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A passenger on a SNIM train carrying iron ore and mine workers waits for transport after arriving in Nouadhibou (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #
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A donkey walks on a street in downtown Nouadhibou (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #
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A house is seen on the beach in Nouadhibou (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #
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A SNIM security officers speaks to a worker on board a commercial ship carrying iron ore in Nouadhibou (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #
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A man works at a SNIM technical workshop in Nouadhibou (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #
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A worker welds a train car at a SNIM workshop in Nouadhibou (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #
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A conveyor belt used to transport iron ore to a ship is seen at SNIM headquarters in the port of Nouadhibou (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #
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A conveyor belt used to transport iron ore to a ship is seen at SNIM headquarters in the port of Nouadhibou (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #
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The SNIM port is seen in Nouadhibou (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #
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A decaying boat is seen docked off the port of Nouadhibou (JOE PENNEY/REUTERS) #

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