Jun 2, 2007

The World's Biggest Hole.

The world's biggest hole is located in Mirny, Eastern Siberia, Russia. "Winter temperatures in Mirny, a town just below the Arctic Circle, average -40 Celsius. The town was founded in 1955 when geologists came to check the area's substantial mineral wealth. Consequently, Mirny's defining feature is a 1 1/2 km wide, 500 m deep hole, which is the now unused diamond mine. The town is strictly off limits to outsiders without a special permit".
The world's biggest hole (18) 1
The world's biggest hole (18) 2
The world's biggest hole (18) 3This truck loader is one of the biggest in the world - length 13.36 meters, width 7.78 meters & height 6.65 meters.
The world's biggest hole (18) 4The giant machine refered above appears just a small point in this image

The world's biggest hole (18) 5
The world's biggest hole (18) 6The suction above the hole resulted in several helicopter going down, so no flights are allowed above the hole now.

The world's biggest hole (18) 7
The world's biggest hole (18) 8
The world's biggest hole (18) 9
The world's biggest hole (18) 11A view from a satellite.

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Source: Maps.google, bbs.keyhole, BBC, Sreedhara

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