35 Years of Mining in Erdenet

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the opening of the massive copper mine in Erdenet city. How big is it? Well, it’s the third largest copper mine in the world. The influence of the mine can be seen almost everywhere in the city: They have special buses specifically to shuttle workers from the city to the mine, most citizens of the city are in the employ of the mine, and you cannot look outside without seeing the towering flat top mountains the mine has created.

Mines from afar.
Mines from afar.

Russia played a large part in the construction of Erdenet, and as such, there is a large Russian population here. The ties between Russia and Mongolia run deep, despite some terrible events that have happened in Mongolia’s past. Nowhere is that more visible in the nation, possibly, than Erdenet. Murals of Marx and metal likenesses of Lenin decorate the outside of buildings. Russians oversee new construction projects in the city, and shops cater to Russian tastes.

With the celebration came improvements to the friendship memorial in our city. Upon first glance, it may not look like much has changed, but upon further inspection, a new coat of paint and mosaic decorate the once alabaster monument.

Before (2012)
Before (2012)

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

After (2013).

There were lots of cosmetic changes all across Mongolia this summer, and in Erdenet, it meant a much needed facelift for the symbol of Russian and Mongolian cooperation.

Previous Posts

Impatient (Poetry)

Unexpected Visitors (Prose)

Next Posts

Outside it is Raining (Poetry)

Traditional Mongolian Symbols (Prose)


One thought on “35 Years of Mining in Erdenet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.