Saturday, April 24, 2010

The 8 Most Terrifying Holes on Earth

Kimberley Big Hole - South Africa: Apparently the largest ever hand-dug excavation in the world, this 1097 meter deep mine yielded over 3 tons of diamonds before being closed in 1914.

Glory Hole - Monticello Dam, California: This is the 'Glory Hole' at Monticello dam, and it's the largest in the world of this type of spillway, its size enabling it to consume 14,400 cubic feet of water every second (note: a glory hole is used when a dam is at full capacity and water needs to be drained from the reservoir).

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 0.75 miles deep and 2.5 miles wide and covering 1,900 acres.

Great Blue Hole, Belize: This incredible geographical phenomenon known as a blue hole is situated 60 miles off the mainland of Belize. There are numerous blue holes around the world, but none as stunning as this one.

Mirny Diamond Mine, Serbia: I'm pretty sure most people have seen this one. It's an absolute beast and holds the title of largest open diamond mines in the world. At 525 meters deep, with a top diameter of 1200 meters, there's even a no-fly zone above the hole due to a few helicopters having been sucked in.

Diavik Mine, Canada: The mine is so huge and the area so remote that it has its own airport with a runway large enough to accommodate a Boeing 737. It looks equally cool when the surrounding water is frozen.

Sinkhole in Guatemala: These photos are of a sinkhole that occurred in Guatemala. The hole swallowed a dozen homes and killed at least three people.

The most terrifying hole of all: This is the famous 'Rat Hole' that you've read so much about lately. It is capable of swallowing trillions upon trillions of U.S. dollars from the real economy each and every year.

Hat tip: Dave W. Linked by: Ace of Spades. Thanks!


Shayne said...

Ok, I knew you were going there.

juandos said...

Hmmm, a couple of them look like they might have potential for some great base jumping...:-)

The_Bad said...

I'm pretty sure that "Glory Hole" means something totally different in California.

madisonjr said...

Insert Rosie O'Donnell joke here...

Larry said...

There was another in Louisiana that was caused by an oil well drill gone bad. The drill was being conducted in a lake, they pierced a salt mine, the salt melted away and the lake drained into the salt mine. Can't remember the name of it though.

Darayvus said...

That's Ex-Lake Peigneur. Even we Brits knew about it; it got into the Book Of Heroic Failures. (The second book, I think.)

Anonymous said...

I was pretty sure Nancy Pelosi was going to make the list. Then again, Henry Waxman's nostrils really need to be added as well.

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