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Mirny, the Town On the Edge of The Abyss

Posted on March 8, 2019 by team


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Mirny is a perfect example of human greed. People once decided that diamonds were beautiful, more beautiful than other stones. And they destroyed earth and polluted rivers and nature for the sake of diamonds.

Mirny town in Yakutia is considered a diamond capital of Russia. It stands on the very edge of a giant hole in the ground. When you get close, it takes your breath away – it is amazing what people are capable of!

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The “Alrosa” company holds the lead here, half of all the population of Mirny, one way or another, works for “Alrosa”.

“Alrosa” is not only a mining company but is also an airline company that brings people from Moscow to Mirny.

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Passengers of “Alrosa”.

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6-pane windows are advertised in the airport – yes, it’s cold in the north of Russia.

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“Stop! No entry!”

The kimberlite pipe “Mir” (“Peace”) was found in 1955. Until 2001 it had been an open pit mine, later they tunnelled under the ground, and in 2009 an underground mine “Mir” was opened.

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On August 4th, 2017 an accident happened in the mine: it was flooded by the water from the bowl of a depleted pit. 151 people were in the mine at that moment, 142 were immediately evacuated, one saved the following day, 8 never found, they are presumed dead.

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From that day the mine has not been used, and it won’t be until 2022 or later.

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The further destiny of the pipe is unknown, but still it is one of the most incredible holes on the planet – 535 meters deep, 1,2 kilometer in diameter – it is visible from the space… but how could it be used? Any ideas? Amusement park? Giant bungee? Ski resort?

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Mirny could be a cool tourist spot like Grand Canyon, why not?

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6 Responses to “Mirny, the Town On the Edge of The Abyss”

  1. MikeGrost says:

    Fantastic material of this very remote, exotic place!!!
    Mirny is incredible. Incredible voyage!

    Talking about cold balconies; I am affraid these flat bulildigs (‘panel buildings’) are just simple universal design they used all across USSR, not adopted for cold enviroment.
    But I colud be wrong…
    Correct me if I’m wrong.

  2. andrade says:

    Since the mine is closed, what are all these people making a living from?! I don’t think they are paid by to govt. to leave there and claim the place for Russia?

  3. andrade says:

    i meant to LIVE, not to “leave

  4. Richard S says:

    The inhole concept is genious!

  5. seanobi says:

    >”Visible from space”
    >Opens Google Maps
    >Satellite view
    >Zooms out a tiny amount
    >Not visible from space

  6. RB says:

    I love the wall painting of the helicopter.

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