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The Big Hole

The Big Hole - south africa, kimberley, mining, mine, big hole, excavation, man-made, hole, diamonds
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50 years ago, the site of the Big Hole was a featureless, flat-topped hill. When word spread that diamonds had been discovered, thousands of prospectors, armed with nothing more than more than picks, shovels and hope, descended on Kimberley in South Africa and created the largest hand-dug excavation in the world.

Digging commenced at the Kimberley mine site in 1871. By the time mining ended on 14 August 1914, the mine had yielded 2722 kilograms of diamonds, extracted from 22,5 million tons of excavated earth. Today what remains is a massive crater 214 meters deep with a surface area of 17 hectares and a perimeter of 1,6 km. It is surrounded by original buildings from the heyday of the mine, relocated from earlier sites to form an unforgettable open air visitor experience.
KentOne Uploaded by KentOne on . The Big Hole - Desktop Nexus Abstract Download free wallpapers and background images: The Big Hole. Desktop Nexus Abstract background ID 283379. 50 years ago, the site of the Big Hole was a featureless, flat-topped hill. When word spread that diamonds had been discovered, thousands of prospectors, armed with nothing more than more than picks, shovels and hope, descended on Kimberley in South Africa and created the largest hand-dug excavation in the world.

Digging commenced at the Kimberley mine site in 1871. By the time mining ended on 14 August 1914, the mine had yielded 2722 kilograms of diamonds, extracted from 22,5 million tons of excavated earth. Today what remains is a massive crater 214 meters deep with a surface area of 17 hectares and a perimeter of 1,6 km. It is surrounded by original buildings from the heyday of the mine, relocated from earlier sites to form an unforgettable open air visitor experience.
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Wallpaper Comments (8)

CatContentInBasket
Posted by CatContentInBasket on 05/28/13 at 12:07 AM
i thought it was a natural wonder until i read it . seems pitiful , but it's kind of pretty .
dawnbright
Posted by dawnbright on 05/20/11 at 02:40 PM
The big hole is good !!
As a result of greedy ambitions !
A big hole is formed in the earth !
And those who had spent energy !
Were amply rewarded by diamonds !!
A very realistic wallpaper ! Fantastic !!!
nigel505
Posted by nigel505 on 02/18/10 at 04:51 AM
!!!!BIG......HOLE.....????????? YES,BIG
Bluerose
Posted by Bluerose on 02/16/10 at 10:47 AM
wow ha:) unbelievable:)Thank you for sharing this information.:)
Entropy
Posted by Entropy on 02/13/10 at 12:16 AM
I would never take a "New Love" to a place like this. :(
Entropy
Posted by Entropy on 02/13/10 at 12:06 AM
Did you dog do that?
Entropy
Posted by Entropy on 02/13/10 at 12:06 AM
Did your dog do that?
sweetwitchy
Posted by sweetwitchy on 02/12/10 at 01:51 PM
Wow!! This is outrageous!! Thanks for the info, good job!!
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Uploaded By: KentOne
Date Uploaded: February 12, 2010
Filename: 1546579b.jpg
Original Resolution: 2560x1600
File Size: 4.63MB
Category: Photography

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