National Geographic : 1963 Nov
Malayan treasure: not gems, but tin IKE A FORTY-NINER in the American West, a Chinese wom an pans for metal in Malaya's Kirita Valley, earth's largest alluvial tin field. Though she barely ekes out a living, her nation reaps wealth as the world's biggest producer. Endless chain of buckets lifts ore-rich siltto a 5,000-ton floating dredge that washes out clay and gravel. Smelter workman on Pe nang (below) ladles liquid tin from a furnace. Hundred-pound ingots (opposite) bring about $100 each on the world market.