National Geographic : 1942 Jul
South Sea Isle of Mineral Mountains A French Prospector with His Tonkinese Helpers Explores a New Nickel Strike New Caledonia is second only to Canada in production of this metal. High in the mountains are the mines. The ore is found near the surface as a natural concentration caused by weathering of dull-greenish serpentine rock. w inlonail ueograpnlc society Kodachromes by Enzo de Chetelat Javanese Women Grading Nickel Ore Wear Men's Hats as Sunshades Mined in open quarries, the nickel-bearing rock is painstakingly sorted by hand. Gay sarongs of female workers contrast strangely with the male headgear provided by mining companies as protection from the tropical sun.