Mines, industry and crafts

As well as the extraction of hydrocarbons, the steppe contains many other underground bodies: copper, molybdenum, phosphor, gold (4,632 kg in Mongolia alone) as well as limestone and dolomite.
In addition, these lands are rich in underground fields of bismuth, cadmium and thallium, which are essential for electronics.
Mines have always been the main means of support for many people, who have built their settlements right against the extraction areas.
Industry is still in its infancy and is almost essentially based on wool, leather (leather clothes and shoes), cashmere, meat and dairy products. Heavy industry is based on the electric sector, mineral and forest products and building materials. Crafts, as well as covering the same activities, boast a centuries-old tradition in silver and semiprecious stone working.

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Facts

  • 17 May 2011

    The loess

    A peculiar trait of these soils is that they are easily...

  • By train through the steppe

    Number Three, this is the official name of the express train (also called Trans-Mongolian Railway)...

  • Sputnik in the steppe

    The steppe was the protagonist of one of the most important events in the history of space explorations. The very…