Scariest and Strange Places around the World (4 of 5)

By:DiversityHuman
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Type: Sinkhole
Location: Bimmah, Oman
Depth: 262 feet
Brief description/events highlight, etc: The Bimmah Sinkhole in the Middle Eastern nation of Oman is similar. This sinkhole attracts many tourists to its shimmering, translucent blue-green water.
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Type: Sinkhole
Location: Agrico Gypsum Stack, Florida
Depth: 400 feet
Brief description/events highlight, etc: The sinkhole likely formed from the collapse of a preexisting dissolution cavity that had developed in limestone deposits beneath the stack. Its development may have been accelerated by the aggressive chemical properties of the acidic waste slurry.



Type: Open Pit
Location: Kalgoorlie Super
Depth: 1,181 feet
Brief description/events highlight, etc: Kalgoorlie Super Pit is what it says on the tin. Irishman Paddy Hannan first saw the glimmer of gold here back in 1893, and this gigantic pockmark in Western Australia is now its continent’s largest open cut gold mine at 3.5 km long, 1.5 km wide and 360 m deep. It’s huge. And it’s growing. At least, that is, until 2017 when it is expected to cease being productive.



Type: Open Pit
Location: The Big Hole, Kimberley, South Africa
Depth:787 feet
Brief description/events highlight, etc: Another open pit whose name leaves little to the imagination, the Big Hole in Kimberly, South Africa, is said to be the largest hole excavated by hand – despite recent claims that the nearby Jagersfontein Mine holds the some might say dubious title. While it was closed in 1914, during its 43-year lifetime, the 50,000 workers who broke their backs using picks and shovels shifted 22.5 million tonnes of earth, yielding almost 3 tonnes of diamonds for their jolly bosses, the de Beer brothers. The Big Hole is 463 metres wide and was dug to a depth of 240 m – though infilling and water-accumulation have left just 175 m of the hole visible. It’s now a show mine complete with a restored old town. Quaint.



Type: Open Pit
Location: Diavik Diamond Mine, Canada
Depth:183
Brief description/events highlight, etc: Diavik Diamond Mine is located in Canada’s charmingly named North Slave Region – hopefully no reflection on the way the 700 workers here are treated. This is an open cast mine like no other. Gouged into a 20 square km island, 220 km from the Arctic Circle, there are particularly jaw-dropping views of this cold spot when the surrounding waters freeze over. Connected by a treacherous ice road, this remote mine takes some getting to and so even has its own airport big enough to accommodate Boeing 747s. With a lifespan of 16 to 22 years, the owners will be happy as long as this yawning hole continues to throw up 8 million carats (1600 kg) of diamonds a year.



Type: Open Pit
Location: Ekati Diamond Mine, Canada
Depth:1900 feet
Brief description/events highlight, etc: Another giant crater in the grizzled face of Canada, the Ekati Diamond Mine is North America’s first commercial diamond mine – having opened in 1998 – and those still dazzled by diamond rush fever no doubt hope it won’t be the last. It’s actually only a stone’s throw from the Diavic Mine just 20 km closer to the Arctic Circle – ensuring things here stay colder than a penguin’s pecker.Like its brethren blemish in Diavic, the Ekati Mine is accessed by hair-raising ice roads and got its 15 minutes of fame on The History Channel’s Ice Road Truckers programme. Darned crazy canucks? Driven mad perhaps by the 40 million plus carats (8,000 kg) of diamonds the steady scouring has so far produced.



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