Photographer's Note

The Big Hole.

I was suprised that there are no picture from this interesing place on TE. The next days I would like to upload some picture of the historic Kimberley buildings that have been brought back to life and feature shops and food outlets open to the public.

The ligth was not perfect, it comes from the left frontside.

In the workshop a panorama view and a picture of the platform where I was standing on.

From 1866 to 1914 50,000 miners dug the hole with picks and shovels, yielding 2,722 kg of diamonds. The Big Hole has a surface of 17 hectares (42 acres) and is 463 metres wide. It was excavated to a depth of 240 m but then partially infilled with debris reducing its depth to about 215 m; since then it has accumulated water to a depth of 40 m leaving 175 m visible. The underground Kimberly Mine was mined to a depth of 1097 metres.

There is currently an effort in progress to register the Big Hole as a World Heritage Site.

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Additional Photos by Achim Fried (John_F_Kennedy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5110 W: 56 N: 10483] (43763)
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