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Giant jade stone uncovered in Myanmar

A man sits on giant jade stone at a mine in Phakant, Kachin State, northern Myanmar Image copyright EPA
Image caption The state of Kachin produces some of the best jade in the world

A giant jade stone weighing 175 tonnes has been uncovered by miners in Myanmar.

The stone is 4.3m (14ft) high and 5.8m (19ft) long, and is reportedly worth an estimated $170m (£140m).

It was found in a mine in the jade-producing Kachin state, in the north of the country.

Myanmar, also known as Burma, is the source of nearly all of the world's finest jadeite, a near-translucent green stone.

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The jade industry is responsible for nearly half of the country's GDP.

One of its biggest markets is neighbouring China, where it is known as the "stone of heaven".

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