Human yearning to change the space around is really endless. We always try to prove that we are stonger and smarter than nature. We fly in the air and turn out tons of soil making giant open pits. The pits go hundreds of meters deep and stretch underground for kilometers showing what human mind and will are capable of. We see them from space and get impressed by the scale of the human “dictatorship”. But what we don’t see is how the nature swallows the traces of human “interference”.
Let’s see what happens with pits when they get abandoned and are not used by people anymore.
Abandoned white calcite extracting mine
Duginskiye stone pits
Their development began back in the 16th century. Its adits were used for limestone extraction that was the main material for building “White Moscow”. Today these stone pits are 5500 m long.
Abandoned iron-ore pit
Abandoned pits for extraction of mirror stone
The pit intended for muscovite extraction was built in the beginning of the 20th century. Not much has remained from them…
Luckily not all old pits end like this. Often they turn into pilgrimage destinations or gain some other utilitarian purposes.