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8 AMAZING HOLES!

Added: Thursday, May 1st 2008 at 5:03am by magicdragonfly2
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8 Amazing Holes!

These holes are not only amazing, but some of them

are really terrifying - especially #8! The sheer scale

of these holes reminds you of just how tiny you are.

1. 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.

The amount of earth removed by workers is estimated to

total 22.5 million tons.

2. Glory Hole - Monticello Dam,  California 

(Lake Berryessa, East of Sonoma)

A glory hole is used when a dam is at full capacity and

water needs to be drained from the reservoir.

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.

The hole can be seen at the top left of the photo above.

If you were to jump in for some reason, your body would

shoot out near the bottom of the dam (below). There is

one person known to have had this experience. She did

not live to tell of it.

3. 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 ¾ miles deep and 2.5 miles wide.

4. 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.

At surface level the near perfectly circular hole is ¼

mile wide, and the depth in the middle reaches 145

meters. Obviously the hole is a huge hit with divers.

 

5. 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.

The red arrow in the photo above is pointing

to a huge truck.

 

6. Diavik 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 has its own airport with a runway large

enough to accommodate a Boeing 737.

It looks equally cool when the surrounding

water is frozen.

 

7. Sinkhole in 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 the surface.

These photos are of a sinkhole that occurred

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.

 

And the really terrifying one?

 

 

This is the famous "Rat Hole" that you have heard about.

 

 

 

It is capable of swallowing trillions and trillions of U.S.

dollars... Annually! Never to be heard from again.

It makes me tremble & shiver!

 

 

 

User Comments

VEry cool  holes:)

Yes!!! But scary,don't you think? There is no way I'd beable to handle riding in a boat over 'The Great Blue Hole'I'd fall overboard!!!

Wow--scary, yes--it does make you treble and shiver, for sure!

The sink-hole is soooo scary too... Undecided I'm scared!!!!

SmileI'm happy you have enjoyed these...

SmileThat makes me happy you liked them queenie...

I loved this post!  I love seeing things from around the world, you know that.  And, I even liked the hardy-har-har picture at the end because, hey, it really is scary!

WinkYour sooo right about that!!! :-)

Boy, these are fantastic pictures.  Where in the world do you find this stuff??  I have often wondered with all the material we are extracing from the earth (like oil, gas, coal etc) why don't we just implode?

These hole's,all big holes with no bottem in sight,scare me big time!!! Not sure why.

Guess I'm a bit late with this reply huh?Nancy...Sorry!

sehr sehr gut.... fuck you all

HMMMMM !!!! Anonymous,do you remain FACE-LESS so you can't be debated???   I feel sorry for you,you sound very sour and unhappy!!!

Right now I'd like to but I won't because I think your acting like a coward!!!

Heheh... "glory hole".

Great post, but you could've named it something other than "amazing holes"... "8 amazing natural holes", maybe? Oh well,  if making that last joke was worth it to you...

Anonymous,

Check out my post "A cup of tea will never be the same again"and my reply to you!!!

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