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YANGON — An enormous jade boulder that could weigh up to 50 tonnes has been found half buried in restive northern Myanmar, and the government has sent troops to protect it, a state minister said on Friday. 

A trader looks at jade stones at Myanmar's 2011 Mid-Year Emporium for jade, gems and pearls at an emporium hall in Nay Pyi Taw on Dec 24, 2011. (photo by Reuters)

The raw jade was discovered by villages and small-scale miners in the gem-rich region of Hpakant just over a week ago, but since it's still half buried, it's impossible to know its exact size, said Lajun Ngan Seng, the minister of resource-rich Kachin state.

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