1 400 Meter Down Underground: A Potassium Mine

400 Meter Down Underground: A Potassium Mine

Posted on November 25, 2014 by tim


Have you ever been 400 meters underground? It's like the Empire State Building was flipped top side down and hammered into the ground as if it was a giant nail. Then, where its tip arrives is around 420 meters, so exactly there these miners work and exactly there the guy Ilya went down to take some photos. The mine is not a coal mine - it's a potassium mine - they get this mineral which is used as fertilizer, and the company, Uralkalij - is the world's largest producer of potassium. Thanks to Ilya we can see where most of the world's potassium fertilizer is coming from.


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Before going inside the mine the visitor has to get dressed in all white underwear provided  by the company.

On top of it goes a vest, a helmet and rubber boots. Also, everyone must be equipped with a light and a "self saver system" - he says it allows you to breath for up to 5-6 hours if an emergency happens.

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One Response to “400 Meter Down Underground: A Potassium Mine”

  1. Lucy Parker says:

    Very interesting trip! Thank you Yuri.

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