A Life of Adventure and Education: Rita Riggs

Rita Riggs in hard hat and safety vestRita Riggs dreams of one day working in a copper and gold mine in Mongolia, the central Asian country almost as vast as western Europe and known for its pastoral nomadic culture, harsh geography and even harsher climate.  

The only problem: Mongolia, which sits atop one of the world's largest mineral reserves, bans women from working in underground mines.  

Still, Riggs has her "boy" name picked out – Baxter. She is ready to cut her hair, dress up like a boy, and board a plane to one of the most sparsely populated countries on earth.

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