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Amazing and terrifying Holes in the Earth

Kimberlitovaya pipe, or Mir diamond pipe, Yakutia.

Kimberlite pipe, or Mir diamond pipe, Yakutia.

Amazing and terrifying Holes in the Earth. Kimberlite pipe “Mir” – quarry located in the town of Mirny, Yakutia, Russia. The quarry has a depth of 525 m and a diameter of 1.2 km, is one of the world’s largest open-cast mines. Diamondiferous kimberlite ore mining ceased in June 2001. Currently on board of the quarry is being built underground mine of the same name, to work out the remaining stocks, open pit excavation is not profitable.

Mir diamond pipe

Mir diamond pipe

The world's largest open pit diamond mining.

The world’s largest open pit diamond mining.

Mirny Diamond Mine, Siberia.

Mirny Diamond Mine, Siberia.

Kimberlite pipe Big Hole, South Africa

Kimberlite pipe Big Hole, South Africa

Big Hole – a huge inactive diamond mine in Kimberley (South Africa). It is believed that this is the greatest career, developed by people without the use of technology. At present, the main attraction of the city of Kimberley.

Beginning from 1866 to 1914 about 50 thousand miners dug a pit with picks and shovels, while developing a 2,722 tons of diamonds (14.5 million carats). In the process of developing career was recovered 22.5 million tons of ground. Right there were found such famous diamonds as “De Beers” (428.5 carats), blue-white “Porter-Rhodes” (150 carats), orange-yellow “Tiffany’s “(128.5 carats). Currently, this diamond field is exhausted. “Big hole” area is 17 hectares. It has a diameter of 1.6 km. A hole was dug to a depth of 240 meters, but was then covered with waste rock to a depth of 215 meters. Currently the bottom of the hole is filled the water, the depth is 40 meters.

Karst collapse in Guatemala

Karst collapse in Guatemala

Karst collapse in Guatemala. Giant crater of 150 meters depth, and a diameter of 20 meters. Caused by groundwater and rainfall. During the formation of the hole several people were killed, and dozens of homes were destroyed. According to local residents, about the beginning of February in the future progress of the tragedy soil got down, and from the ground a muffled roar was heard.

Karst collapse in Guatemala

Karst collapse in Guatemala

Karst collapse in Guatemala

Karst collapse in Guatemala

A large man-made hole is located in Northern California, USA. But it is not just a hole. Drain hole in the tank of Monticello Dam - the largest spillway in the world

A large man-made hole is located in Northern California, USA. But it is not just a hole. Drain hole in the tank of Monticello Dam – the largest spillway in the world

Its built about 55 years ago

A glory hole is used when a dam is at full capacity and water needs to be drained from the reservoir. Its built about 55 years ago

Drain hole in the reservoir of the dam Monticello

Drain hole in the reservoir of the dam Monticello. Its size enabling it to consume 14,400 cubic feet of water every second

Bingham, Canyon Mine, Utah. This is supposedly the largest

Bingham, Canyon Mine, Utah. This is supposedly the largest

Diavik Mine, Canada. The mine is so huge and the area

Diavik Mine, Canada. The mine is so huge and the area

Great Blue Hole, Belize. This is incredible geographical phenomena

Great Blue Hole, Belize. This is incredible geographical phenomena

Sinkhole in Guatemala

Sinkhole in Guatemala.

World-renowned Great Blue Hole - the main attraction of the picturesque, ecologically perfect neat Belize (formerly British Honduras) - States in Central America, on the Yucatan Peninsula

Great Blue Hole

World-renowned Great Blue Hole – the main attraction of the picturesque, ecologically perfect neat Belize (formerly British Honduras) – States in Central America, on the Yucatan Peninsula

This is a true masterpiece, a miracle of nature - perfectly round, dusky bluish spot in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, surrounded by lace shirt front Lighthouse Reef atoll

Holes in the Earth

This is a true masterpiece, a miracle of nature – perfectly round, dusky bluish spot in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, surrounded by lace shirt front of Lighthouse Reef atoll

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