May 20, 2009

Wonders of the World: Giant Sinkhole Photos

This was part of one of those emails that everyone sends around, but I thought it worth sharing because of the wonderful, intriguing photos. And truth be told, I'd never heard of some of these phenomena. Enjoy!

1. Kimberley Big Hole, South Africa

Apparently the largest hand-dug excavation in the world, this 1,097-meter- deep mine yielded over three tons of diamonds before being closed in 1914.

2. Glory Hole - Monticello Dam, California

This is the "glory hole" at Monticello dam, and it is the largest spillway of its kind in the world, its size enabling it to consume 14,400 cubic feet of water every second.

3. Bingham Canyon Mine, Utah

This is supposedly the largest man-made excavation on earth. Extraction began in 1863 and continues today, the pit constantly increasing in size. In its current state the hole is 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.

5. Mirny Diamond Mine, Serbia

This holds the title of largest open diamond mine 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.

6. Diavik Mine, 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 is equally impressive when the surrounding water is frozen.

7. Sinkhole in Guatemala

These photos are of a sinkhole that instantaneously appeared when the soil beneath was eroded as a result of a broken water main early this year (2008) in Guatemala . The hole swallowed a dozen homes and killed at least 3 people.


  1. These photos are incredible!!! The natural ones are mysterious, and the man-made ones make me a little sad~ Do they think Mother Earth wants holes in her body? And what happens when all the diamonds are found, do they just leave the holes?? Crazy!

  2. Fantastic photographs Christine. Thanks for sharing them..

  3. Good gracious! Amazing photographs. Wow. Scientists should be investigating some of those.

    Straight From Hel

  4. I've seen these before but they amaze me EVERY time. Such amazing photography. We've got some mines in the Iron Range of Minnesota that are pretty impressive, too.


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