The way the brick is mined in Carabe, Burkina Faso

Historically, lateritic soil was broken into blocks of bricks and was used in construction.


You can find many buildings made of laterite in Angkor Wat in Cambodia and other places in South-East Asia.


Laterite was also used for road construction.


Wet laterite soil can be easily processed and can be cut even with a shovel.


But when the brick dries, the moisture from it evaporates and the aluminum particles in the laterite create a strong structure.


It is said that originally laterite was used in India.


And indeed, laterite was intially described by the Scottish geographer Francis Buchanan-Hamilton when he discovered lateritic formations in southern India in 1807.


Lateritic bricks have been made in Karaba for more than thirty years.


Pickaxes and shovels are used to extract it, with which workers cut out a brick from hard rock, and then sell them in nearby villages where people use laterite for building houses and for wall erection.


These amazing photos were taken by an American photographer, David Pace.


"I got imprisoned by this place, this laterite color and these incredible people who work there," says the photographer.


"These men work in groups of three to five people, but each sells its own bricks, which he makes himself."


"Although this is an incredibly difficult job, workers can earn a decent living in the realities of Burkina Faso."


"Perhaps someday, in a few years, the quarry will reach its limit and all work there will be finished. Now it is difficult to say where this limit is."