Amazing Holes in the Earth

The Earth surface is a blemished, mysterious thing, dappled with giant holes dug by human beings or caused by the impulse of nature. From deep blue hole lagoons, volcanoes that slash the Earth apart, feeble underground sewage, open-pit mines strip, the amazing holes are everywhere on this planet. Here are 7 magnificent cases of such gigantic holes, some of them are man-made, but the best ones are nature work.

1. Darvaza Gas Crater (Turkmenistan)
The Darvaza gas crater also known as “The Door to Hell” is a 60m wide and 20m deep hole in the heart of the burning, unrestrained Karakum desert in Turkmenistan, which has been on fire for the last 38 years. The hole was created during Soviet gas exploration accident that occurred in 1971.

2. Sinkhole (Guatemala)

In February 2007 a giant sinkhole opened up in Guatemala City, sucking in more then 10 houses. The hole was caused by leaking sewer pipes. Inhabitants said a dreadful stink exuded from the hole, along with strange churning sounds and a foul steam. Last research data says that the sinkhole occurred for a mixture of reasons, as well as Tropical Storm Agatha, the Pacaya Volcano outbreak, and leakage from sewer pipes.

3. Bingham Canyon Mine (Utah)
The Bingham Canyon Mine, also known as the Kennecott Copper Mine, is an open-pit mining operation extracting a large porphyry copper deposit southwest of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, in the Oquirrh Mountains. The mine is 1.2 km deep and 4 km wide. It is the world’s largest manmade excavation.

4. Great Blue Hole (Belize)
The Great Blue Hole is a huge undersea sinkhole off the shoreline of Belize. The hole is spherical in form, and was formed as piece of a limestone grotto system throughout the previous glacial age when sea levels were a large amount minor then these days.

5. Mirny Diamond Mine (Siberia)
Mirny Mine is a former open pit diamond mine, now inactive, located in Mirny, Eastern Siberia, Russia. The mine is 525 meters deep (4th in the world) and has a diameter of 1,200m, and is the second largest excavated hole in the world, after Bingham Canyon Mine. The airspace above the mine is closed for helicopters since of incidents in which they were sucked in by the downward air flow.

6. Barringer Meteor Crater (Arizona)
Barringer Meteor Crater is a meteorite crash crater located in the northern Arizona. It was known as the Canyon Diablo Crater, but scientists now usually refer to it as Barringer Crater in respect of Daniel Barringer who was first to put forward that it was produced by a meteorite impact, about 50,000 years ago.

7. Diavik Mine (Canada)
The Diavik Diamond Mine is a diamond mine in the North Slave Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada, about 300 kilometers north of Yellowknife. The mine was opened in 2003 and produces 8 million carats of diamonds every year. The region was examination in 1992 and building began in 2001, with manufacture beginning in January 2003.

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