Friday, September 14, 2007

The Biggest Holes in the World

The world’s biggest hole Mirny Diamond Mine is located in Russia
The gaint hole is actually a diamond mine in Eastern Siberia near the town Mirna. It is 525 meters deep and 1.25 km in the diameter.

The following truck loader is one of the biggest in the world - lenth 13.36 meters, width 7.78 meters and height 6.65 meters.

This gaint machine appears just a small point in the next image.

The red arrow in the photo below is pointing to a huge truck.

The suction above the hole resulted in several helicopter crashes, so all flight above the hole is prohibited now.

A View from Satellite.

Kimberley Big Hole - South Africa
Apparently the largest ever hand-dug excavation in the world, this 1097 metre deep mine yielded over 3 tonnes of diamonds before being closed in 1914.
The amount of earth removed by workers is estimated to total 22.5 million tonnes.

Bingham Canyon Mine, Utah
This is supposedly the largest man-made excavation on earth. extraction began in 1863 and still continues today, the pit increasing in size constantly. in its current state the hole is 3/4 mile deep and 2.5 miles wide.

Great Blue Hole, Belize
Situated 60 miles off the mainland of Belize is this incredible ‘geographical phenomenon’ known as a Blue Hole. There are numerous Blue Holes around the world but none as stunning as this one.
At surface level the near perfectly circular hole is 1/4 mile wide, the depth in the middle reaching 145 metres. obviously the hole is a huge hit with divers. read more here.

Giant Drain Hole in Langelsheim (Germany)

Largest Drain Hole in the World - Glory Hole, Monticello Dam
A Glory Hole is used when a dam is at full capacity and water needs to be drained from the resevoir. This is the glory hole belonging to Monticello Dam in North California and it’s the largest in the world, its size enabling it to consume 14′400 cubic feet of water every second.

The distance from the funnel to the exit point - which is situated in the south side of the canyon - is about 700 feet.

The hole can be seen at the top left of the photo above. if you were to jump in for some reason your slightly damp body would shoot out near the bottom of the dam (below).

Hole on Google Maps.

Diavik Diamond Mine, Canada
This incredible mine can be found 300km Northeast of Yellowknife in Canada. The mine is so huge and the area so remote that it even has its own airport with a runway large enough to accomodate a Boeing 737. it also looks equally as cool when the surrounding water is frozen.

Sinkhole, Guatemala
A sinkhole is caused when water (usually rainwater or sewage) is soaked up by the earth on a large scale, resulting in the ground collapsing.
These photos are of a sinkhole which occured early this year in Guatemala. the hole swallowed a dozen homes and killed at least 3 people.

Officials blamed the monster of a hole on a ruptured sewage pipe.

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asf said...

i grew up only a half hour or so from the monticello dam (lake berryessa)! seeing the water flow into the glory hole is pretty amazing.

Anonymous said...

Wow great post :)

Er Crini said...

Damn this is a really great post. The size of those holes it's pretty amazing.

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rancie11 said...

Those images are breathtaking. That people can dig out such large areas like that is just mind boggling. The size of the contrustion trucks in the photo with the arrow in it puts it in great perspective. A great lineup of images in this post.

Anonymous said...

wow wow wow ....jsut breath taking views and amazing clips ...keep up the great work of posting this !!!!

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Anonymous said...

wooooooooooooow!! it amazing i havent seen this in my entire life before. keep it up

gerlie P. said...

its pREttY amazing...i l0vE it!!

Unknown said...

Out of the 7 location, 2 location is very familiar to me.. Belong to Rio Tinto Diavik Diamond Mine & The Kennecott Utah Copper. The client for our company. No wonder the pic look so familiar.

Anonymous said...

That sinkhole or whatever its called is so amazing!!! I really wonder what it would look like in real life! But it would kinda suck to be one of the people that fell down that hole. But otherwise that is amazing!!!

Anonymous said...

It's so sad! Looks like the earth is gonna be destroyed by the avaricious of the man.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Amazing. My god i have never been so amazed. keep it up guys. you are amazing. wow. i can't believe how amazed i am. WOOOOOOOOOW !!! Those holes are amazing holes. amazing. wow

Shirpu said...

I can just say wow... It shows man can dig anything for money

Anonymous said...

DAMN NATURE YOU SCARY, come to think of it that one in moticello i wanna jump in and take aride out through the Dam there it'll be fun like a water slide

Anonymous said...

wow these holes are extremely amazing particularly the great blue hole