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Burning oil wells, Iraq

August 18th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Burning oil wells in Iraq

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Open pit iron ore mine, Kiruna, Sweden

August 18th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

"The visit of the Kiruna Iron Ore Mine is really impressive. The visitor see a still operating mine, which is the biggest iron ore mine in the World. The tour starts with a slide show and a film in a modern multimedia auditorium. Then the visitors mine 540m below surface is entered by bus.

The socalled InfoMine is located above the present production level, which is between 775m and 1045m. The different mining technologies used at Kiruna are explained.

Mining started at Kiruna as an open-pit mine, but in the 1960s it went underground. The tour also includes a mining museum, which offers a look back on the mine's history."

[Source: showcaves.com]

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Abandoned copper mine, Casa Grande, Arizona, USA

July 25th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Abandoned copper mine near Casa Grande in Arizona.

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Kennecott Copper Mine, Utah, USA

July 25th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Kennecott Copper Corporation had its start when Enos A. Wall realized the potential of copper deposits in Bingham Canyon, 15 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, Utah in 1887 and acquired claims to the land. Underground mining in the area was begun in 1890, and Daniel C. Jackling and Robert C. Gemmell, both engineers, examined Wall's properties and recommended open-pit mining. In 1898, Samuel Newhouse and Thomas Weir formed the Boston Consolidated Mining Company.

Jackling and Wall formed the Utah Copper Company in 1903, and the company immediately started a pilot mill at Copperton. With financing from Guggenheim Exploration, the first digging began in 1906. The same year, the Kennecott Mines Company was formed in Alaska, named after explorer and naturalist Robert Kennicott. A smelter was also started at Garfield by the American Smelting and Refining Company (ASARCO) to refine the Bingham ore.

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“Uncle” Mine, Katowice, Poland

June 9th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Kopalnia Wujek (English: the "Uncle" Mine) is a coal mine in Katowice, Poland. It is a household name in Poland as the place of a massacre of civilians by communist forces on 16th December 1981. On that day, miners striking against the declaration of martial law in Poland by Wojciech Jaruzelski were brutally dispersed by the Wojsko Ludowe (army), the Milicja Obywatelska (police) and ZOMO (an official para-military militia in communist times). Government forces opened fire on the miners, killing 9 and wounding 21 others.

Legal proceedings against the perpatrators continue to this day in Poland.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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Wieliczka Salt Mine, Wieliczka, Poland

May 20th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The beginnings of Wieliczka, one of the world's most famous mines of the world, do reach the Middle Ages, when it assumed the name of Magnum Sal (Great Salt.)

The oldest of documents that shed some light on the history of the mine is a privilege of Casimirus the Restorer of 1044, referring to Wieliczka as "magnum sal alias Wieliczka."

Since times immemorial salt was the economic foundation of the state. In the Polish lands it was used, in the ancient times, as a means of payment, replacing the metal coinage in its form of salt krusze.

"The historic Salt Mine in Wieliczka is the only site in the world where mining has continued since the Middle Ages. Lying on nine levels, its original excavations (longitudinals, traverses, chambers, lakes, as well as lesser and major shafts) stretch for the total of 300 kilometres: reaching the depth of 327 metres they illustrate all the stages of the development of the mining technology over time."

The quotation comes from an the justification of entering the Wieliczka Salt Mine into UNESCO's 1st World List of Cultural and Natural Heritage on 8th September, 1978 together with 11 other sites from all over the world.

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Bingham Canyon Copper Mine, Utah, USA

August 28th, 2005 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

BINGHAM CANYON COPPER MINE, UT, USA

Located near Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, Bingham Canyon celebrated its 100th anniversary in June 2003. The Bingham Canyon mine, Copperton concentrator and Garfield smelter comprise one of the largest and most up-to-date integrated copper operations in the world: major investments during the past 15 years have ensured economically and environmentally sound operation. Cumulative copper output is now about 15Mt, more than any other mine.

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Biggest open diamond mine, Mirny, East Siberia, Russia

August 20th, 2005 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

[Currently only low quality pictures available]

525 m deep, 1200 meters in diameter. The air zone within this mine is closed for helicopters - happened a few accidents when they were "sucked in" by downward air flow...

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