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Big Holes

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Big Holes

  1. 1. Big Holes!
  2. 2. Kimberley Big Hole - South Africa
  3. 3. Apparently the largest ever hand-dug excavation in the world, this 1097 metre deep mine yielded over 3 tons of diamonds before being closed in 1914.
  4. 4. The amount of earth removed by workers is estimated to total 22.5 million tons.
  5. 5. Glory Hole - Monticello Dam A glory hole is used when a dam is at full capacity and water needs to be drained from the reservoir.
  6. 6. Its size enables it to consume 14,400 cubic feet of water every second.
  7. 7. The hole can be seen at the top left of the photo.
  8. 8. If you were to jump in for some reason your slightly dead body would shoot out near the bottom of the dam.
  9. 9. Bingham Canyon Mine, Utah This is supposedly the largest man-made excavation on earth. Extraction began in 1863 and still continues today.
  10. 10. The pit is increasing in size constantly. In its current state the hole is 3/4 mile deep and 2.5 miles wide.
  11. 11. Great Blue Hole, Belize Situated 60 miles off the mainland of Belize, this is an incredible geographical phenomenon known as a blue hole.
  12. 12. There are numerous blue holes around the world, but none as stunning as this one.  
  13. 13. At the surface this near perfectly circular hole is 1/4 mile wide. The depth in the middle reaches 145 meters. Obviously the hole is a huge hit with divers!
  14. 14. Mirny Diamond Mine, Serbia
  15. 15. It's an absolute beast and holds the title of largest open diamond mine in the world. The red arrow at the right is pointing to a 50 ton truck.
  16. 16. It is 525 metres deep with a top diameter of 1200 meters.
  17. 17. There's even a no-fly zone above the hole due to a few helicopters being sucked in.
  18. 18. Diavik Mine, Canada This incredible mine can be found 300km northeast of Yellowknife in Canada. It's amazing that it doesn't fill up with water, being surrounded by it.
  19. 19. The mine is so huge and the area so remote that it even has its own airport with a runway large enough to accommodate a Boeing 737.        It also looks equally as cool when the surrounding water is frozen.
  20. 20. Sinkhole, Guatemala
  21. 21. A sinkhole is caused when water (usually rainwater or sewage) is soaked up by the earth on a large scale, or when drought causes the water table to drop, leaving large sub surface voids that can result in the ground collapsing.
  22. 22. This is a sinkhole, which occurred early this year in Guatemala.   The hole swallowed a dozen homes and killed at least 23 people.
  23. 23. Officials blamed this monster of a hole on a ruptured sewage pipe but geologists know that such a hole can open up under anyone’s home.  Hector Andreas had just got out of bed when the floor went out from under his home, leaving him stranded along the existing wall with just enough floor to escape certain death.

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