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7 Amazing Holes in the Earth

posted in: Strange  |  posted by: Jennifer Gregory on June 17, 2008  |  14 Comments

When we think of holes, most of us think of digging a hole to plant a flower, drilling a hole to finish a construction project, or even hitting a hole in one at the next golf outing. There are places in the world, however, that give the word ?hole? a whole new meaning. These holes are so large it would be hard to believe they were real if you weren?t able to see them.

Kimberley Big Hole, South Africa

Kimberley Big Hole

Kimberly Big Hole, located in South Africa, was a diamond mine over 1,097 meters deep. The mine was closed in 1914 but was later reopened as a tourist attraction. The site is now a major tourist attraction, featuring a bar, small hotel, shops, and eateries – all in the same area that these things would have been located while the mine was active. Workers will be dressed in period garb and visitors will have the opportunity to participate in a simulation complete with dynamite blasts and dusty explosions ? all designed to give visitors a feel for what it was like living in mine town.

Glory Hole at Monticello Dam, California

Glory Hole at Monticello Dam
The Glory Hole at Monticello Dam is a man made hole designed to help drain water from the reservoir. The sheer size of the hole allows it to drain over 14,440 cubic feet of water every second ? yes, that?s every second! Water that is drained through the hole is shot out at the bottom of the dam. Rumors claim that a woman jumped down the hole thinking she would come out the other end but never lived to tell the tale ? I?ve seen no proof, so take that story or leave it.

Bingham Canyon Mine, Utah

Bingham Canyon Mine
Bingham Canyon Mine, located in Utah, is still an active mine and is considered to be one of the world?s most productive. The canyon was originally discovered in 1850 and mining began in 1863, at which point it became apparent how valuable the site actually is. The mine produces millions of ounces s of valuable metals, including copper, gold, silver, and molybdenum each year. The Rio Tinto, the owner, is currently committed to a project that will ensure the mine stays open until at least 2013.

Great Blue Hole, Belize

Great Blue Hole
The Great Blue Hole in Belize is located in the center of Lighthouse Reef. The hole itself is a limestone sinkhole. It measures 300 feet across and is well over 400 feet deep. The depth of the water in the hole is why the ?blue hole? appears such a dark color when seen from above. The Great Blue Hole is a very popular tourist attraction for divers who want to explore the stalactites and limestone structures that begin to form around the insides of the hole at approximately 110 feet deep. Don?t forget ? this 400 foot hole used to be above the surface of the ocean!

Mirny Diamond Mine, Siberia

Mirny Diamond Mine
The Mirny Diamond Mine is located in Eastern Siberia near a small town known as Mirna. The mine itself is over 525 meters deep and more than 125 kilometers in diameter. The hole is so wide and so deep it is believed to cause a suction effect, which has caused several aircraft accidents in the area. The Mirny Diamond Mine is now considered a no fly zone!

Diavik Mine, Canada

Diavik Mine
The Diavik Diamond Mine in Canada is one of the most amazing diamond mines in the world. It is believed that within the mind are over 90 million carats worth of rough diamonds. They’re contained within three main kimberlite pipes, otherwise known as ore deposits. While the pipes at this mine are considered small, the quality of the diamonds contained within the pipes is above average. The mine is so large, in fact, the owners have built their own private airport at the site. Mining began at the site in 2003 and is expected to continue for at least 15-20 years, if not longer.

Sinkhole in Guatamela

Sinkhole in Guatemala
In February of 2007, a sinkhole in Guatamela collapsed, killing two children as their home, and dozens of others, were swallowed into the pit. The blame for this astoundingly large hole was placed on a ruptured sewer pipe.

The earth is capable of producing plenty of wonderful and natural anomalies. Take a look around and, if you?re in the area, stop by to see one of these incredible sites.

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14 Responses to “7 Amazing Holes in the Earth”

  1. banan says on


  2. GT says on

    Mir Mine, Siberia
    Mir Mine (Russian:? ; English: kimberlite diamond pipe “Peace”) is an abandoned open pit diamond mine located in Mirny, Eastern Siberia. The mine is 525 m deep and has a diameter of 1200 m. It was the first and one of the largest diamond pipes of the USSR. Mir Mine was discovered on June 13 1955 by Soviet geologists Yuri Khabardin, Ekaterina Elagina and V.Avdeenko during the large Amakinsky Expedition in Yakut ASSR. It was operated for almost 50 years, finally closing on April 30 2004while in operation, Mir Mine gave out 2 million carats annually. It takes trucks close to 2 hours to drive from the bottom to the top.

  3. Do says on

    How about the great hole happened in China few months ago un 2008???

  4. bobbykhan says on

    itz really amazing

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  6. Hannan says on

    Yea, Mir Diamond Mine is in Siberia, Russia..

    Rally a nice post, Jennifer Gregory.

  7. Kimberley-But-Not-The-Hole-Kimberley says on

    My husband sent this to me, for obvious reasons when you realize my name is Kimberley. LOL What a guy. Interesting blog entry!

  8. james kolokoy says on

    its realy amazing! how it creates almost perfect circle?
    scientific investigation should be reported to the concern agency…

  9. Sluvik says on

    to Somebody> nobody said it is in Serbia – it is in Siberia, Russia.

  10. bag says on

    ??????, ?????? Siberia ? ?? Serbia ))))))))))

  11. bag says on

    bolvan! Das ist Siberia, nicht Serbia ))))))))))

  12. Tigga says on


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