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It's important to know that many of the safety improvements I noted as improving "modern mines" apply mostly to first-world mining. China's death rates, which have dropped significantly in recent years, remain in the thousands – well above the double-digits reported in most Western and developed countries. On the socioeconomic front, I gathered from my research a few things: that serious safety requires serious funding, and many developing nations just don't have it; that concern for mine-safety seems to be proportionally related to concern for human rights; and that even those Australian underground miners earning six-digit salaries aren't making enough.

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