Kajaran Town

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File:Kajaran-dcp7295.jpg The mining town of Kajaran (7976 p) and (just beyond) village of Kajarants (172 p) are famous for the massive copper-molybdenum mine, which is still in operation. It is impressive to drive up to the mine and see the trucks, tiny in comparison to the pit, dumping ore into an elaborate system of conveyers. The ore receives initial processing in Kajaran but must be exported for final conversion to metal. The waste rock is piped a discreet distance away, filling various stream valleys with dirt on which only the most impervious weeds grow. Pollution of the Voghji river is an unsolved problem. (From Rediscovering Armenia Guidebook.)