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The Curtain Falls on an Ancient Vocation

“It’s the tastiest ice on Earth, and full of vitamins,” Ushca says in Sandy Patch’s short documentary, The Last Ice Merchant. “But nobody wants natural ice from Chimborazo anymore.” When Ushca was 15, his father trained him and his brothers…

The Most Extreme Railway in the World

At 430 miles long, the formidable Mauritania Railway, nicknamed the “backbone of the Sahara,” boasts some of the longest and heaviest trains in the world. Its journey begins in Zouerat, Mauritania, where 22,000 tons of iron ore are mined daily…