Mar 14, 2009

12 Amazing Holes In The Earth.

12 Amazing Holes In The Earth.

Here we have 12 most spectacular natural and manmade holes in the face of the earth. Some of these are the result of man's search for mineral wealth, while some are nature's work creating some astounding holes.

Darvaza - The Burning Gates:

In 1971, geologists discovered a huge underground deposit of natural gas on this site. And while excavating, a whole drilling rig fell into an underground cavern. Natural gas started coming up from the hole. To prevent gasses from escaping, it was set alight and it continues to burn even today. The crater measures roughly 60 meters in diameter and 20 meters deep and is located in Turkmenistan.

Darvaza  The Burning Gates (3) 1Darvaza  The Burning Gates (3) 2Darvaza  The Burning Gates (3) 3Image credit: JohnHBradley.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEjoga1yrn0&">Watch the "Darvaza The Burning Gates" Video on Youtube</a>

Kimberley Diamond Mine (Big Hole) - South Africa:

Kimberley Diamond MineThe Kimberley Diamond Mine (also known as the Big Hole) is an open-pit mine in Kimberley, South Africa and is claimed to be the largest hole excavated by hand. This 1097 meter deep mine yielded over 6,000 lb of diamonds before being closed in 1914.

Monticello Dam - California:

Monticello Dam (3) 1Located in northern California, the Monticello Dam's is the largest in the world. This funnel-shaped outlet, allows water to bypass the dam when it reaches capacity, as it allows water to pass through at a rate of 48,400 cubic feet per second.

Monticello Dam (3) 2Monticello Dam (3) 3Image credit: fogonazos.

Bingham Canyon Mine:

Bingham Canyon MineKennecott Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine is the world's largest open pit mine or to say the world's largest man-made structure. This open-faced mine is the largest man-made excavation on earth, stretching two-and-a-half miles wide and 3,960 feet deep.

The World's Deepest Water-Filled Sinkhole - El Zacatón Cenote:

The World's Deepest Water-Filled Sinkhole - El Zacatón CenoteCenote Zacaton, near the northeastern coast of Mexico, is the deepest known water-filled sinkhole in the world. The bottom of the world's deepest sinkhole is found at 318 meters below surface. It was discovered with the help of a robotic vehicle designed for underwater exploration by the National Aeronautic Space Agency.

Mirny Diamond Mine - Siberia:

Mirny Diamond Mine (4) 1The Mirny Diamond Mine holds the title of the largest open diamond mine in the world. Its 525m deep and has a diameter of 1200m, and there is a no-fly zone above the hole as a few helicopters got sucked in.

Mirny Diamond Mine (4) 2This truck loader is one of the biggest in the world - length 13.36 meters, width 7.78 meters & height 6.65 meters.

Mirny Diamond Mine (4) 3The huge machine refered above appears just a small point in this image.

Diavik Mine - Canada:

The Diavik Diamond Mine is about 300 kilometers (186 miles) north of Yellowknife in Canada. It produces 8 million carats (3,500 lb) of diamonds annually. It is connected by an ice road and has its own airport with a runway large enough to accommodate Boeing 737 jet aircraft.

Diavik Mine (2) 1Image credit: wikipedia
Diavik Mine (2) 2Image credit: stumbles.

Sinkhole-Guatemala:

Sinkhole-Guatemala (3) 1In 2007, a 300-foot-deep sinkhole swallowed about a dozen homes in Guatemala City.

Sinkhole-Guatemala (3) 2Image credit: studentshangout.

Sinkhole-Guatemala (3) 3Image credit: nationalgeographic.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jhA5Gqridk">Watch the "Sinkhole-Guatemala" Video on Youtube</a>

Great Blue Hole - Belize:

Great Blue Hole (2) 1The Great Blue Hole is an underwater sinkhole off the coast of Belize. About 60 miles from Belize City, there is a perfectly circular 1,000 (305 m) feet across and 400 feet (123 m) wide deep "Blue Hole."

Great Blue Hole (2) 2Image credit: neatorama.

Udachnaya Pipe - Russia:

Udachnaya Pipe - RussiaThe Udachnaya Pipe is a diamond mine in Russia. Its controlled by Russian diamond company Alrosa, which plans to halt open-pit mining in favor of underground mining in 2010. The mine was discovered in 1955 and is over 600 meters deep.

Chuquicamata - Chile:

ChuquicamataChuquicamata is a large open pit copper mine in the north of Chile. Its open pit is one of the largest at 4.3 km long, 3 km wide and over 850 m deep with the largest annual production in the world.

Well Of Chand Baori:

Well Of Chand Baori (3) 1Chand Baori is a famous stepwell situated in the village of Abhaneri near Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Built in the 9th century and has 3500 narrow steps and 13 stories and is 100 feet deep.
Well Of Chand Baori (3) 2Well Of Chand Baori (3) 3Image credit: odditycentral.

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5 comments:

Arvind said...

You seem to have totally missed the cave of swallows
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cave_of_Swallows

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocpuuaNwMSw&feature=related

Richard Jenkins said...

Good article! However, you have missed out the Great Hole of Didsbury. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdMZi_MqPPQ

Geoff_N said...

It is clear to me that this is no sink hole but an exit hole. Look at the smooth sides. vast deepness, and mystery. A sphere must have exited during the night or when Guatamalans weren’t looking. Intrigued and yet had not read Exit, Pursued by a Bee? Then look at the Exit page here. http://geoffnelder.com/exitbee.htm

Boss said...

@Richard Jenkins
That 'small', tiny looking hole does not deserve to be included in the list. Sorry. Just stating the truth.

Anonymous said...

A fab list. I am impressed by these sinkholes - and it's amazing how perfectly round they can be. I was looking at your 12 amazing holes in the earth article because there's been a new huge sinkhole that opened up in Guatemala City. http://hubpages.com/hub/Sinkhole-in-Guatemala