Do you not know what to do with your personal debt? With the economy down I set off in search of some really big pits to dump our problems in. So here you have it – some really impressive man made holes on Earth:
The Big Hole
My favorite, the deepest hand dug open mine pit in the world – Kimberley Mine in South Africa, appropriately called Big Hole . It was hand dug to 240m after diamonds were first discovered in 1866. Later the underground mine was mined to a depth of 1097m. The mine covers 17 hectares and is 463 meters wide. It yielded 2,722 kg of diamonds – now you know why they’re so hellishly expensive.
Second position on my list goes to the largest open pit diamond mine in the world, the Mirny Mine in Rusia:
The pit is 1200m in diameter and 525 meters deep. It takes a truck 2 hrs to drive from the bottom of the mine to the rim! This shot gives you a better scale of its size:
It is so huge that it creates a downdraft that has sucked in some helicopters flying above so now it’s a no flyover zone.
Although diamond mines are big enough to dump even the US deficit into them and have a beautifully circular shape, I find them lacking in color. For a true feast of hues you should visit , well, a gold mine. Check out this Mexican gold mine La Herradura:
Or if Cebu, Philippines is closer to you go and check this gigantic pit:
Cebu Open Pit Mine
Where to hide US financial problems
Almost forgot that with US deficit exceeding $11 trillion (how many zeros is that?) American need some really big holes to dump their problems into. No worries though, a hole in the budget is not the only one they have:
Open Pit Mine, Nevada
or equally pictureqsue one in sunny Arizona:
Lavender Pit, Arizona
The Lavender Pit is a now defunct mine in Bisbee, Arizona. About 256 million tons of waste were stripped to mine copper, gold and silver as well as turquoise. The toxic, acidic leftovers make for some beautiful colorations.
How you dig them
Remember the good old days when nobody cared about work safety and cheap labor was so abundant that picks and shovels sufficed to tear deep into the earth’s bowels? Well, these days it’s different and you need true monsters like this one to rip into the ground:
This monstrosity straight out of the latest Terminator movie is a gigantic bucketwheel excavator built by Krupp. It stands over 95 metres tall, is 215 metres long and weighs over 45,500 tons !
Its gigantic bucket-wheel can remove over 76,455 cubic meters of overburden each day! It’s used for strip mining coal in Germany.
So if you’re feeling down and can’t cope with your problems anymore just visit the neerest pit and let go off all your problems into one of them:)