Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

Many Russian quarries are abandoned today, they look from the height like huge creepy holes in the ground, but the demand for diamonds is so overwhelming that we are ready to go far deep to the bowels of the earth to find some more. This story is about mining diamonds in Yakutia.

We are going to join blogger dementievskiy, go 500-700 meters under the ground and check out how Yakut diamonds are mined today.

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

Mirny is the city primarily known for its Big Hole – Mir quarry’s diameter is 1200 m and it’s depth is 500 m. It still has an acid lake on its bottom, people say it does not freeze even in severe winter.

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

One can get to Mirny only by plane.

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

Safety measures go first.

Excursions are normally never arranged in such places – it’s too dangerous and nobody wants to take the responsibility.

But when visitors do come they may go crazy under the ground, lose self-control and start searching for diamonds. Stop laughing! It did happen to some foreigners!

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

The scheme of the mine.

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

This is how you need to be dressed to go down.

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

Everyone gets a respirator. It may be required if a collapse occurs in the mine.

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

“Return home safe and sound”. Visitors should remember being here is dangerous.

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

Ladies agree to take the risk too.

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

We can get to the mine through the corridor.

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

And then we must use the elevator.

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

Going down.

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

High time for creepy stories!

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

The inner wall of the mine.

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

Then the wall disappears and we see another lighted level.

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

We are finally on the bottom, over 500 m under the surface. The atmospheric pressure is different here and most of the visitors do not feel very well.

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

The sign says we’re 550 m down.

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

The blue signal means we can enter.

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

It’s warm, light and dry in here. We didn’t expect it.

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

Miners are curious to see journalists here.

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

What lies behind this door is the MINE itself. Some doors open only after a call to the controller. No mobile connection here, of course. Only wire telephones.

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

“Two-deck bus”.

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

You will hardly find a better place for a horror footage…

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

“Warning! Automatic fire fighting system is on!”

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

This is some kind of a repair shop.

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

Huge bucket for the ore containing diamonds.

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

Equipment used in the mine. There is a serious gas hazard here, any spark may cause an explosion.

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

Like any Russian road…

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

The tough “taxi” of the mine.

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

This ore may contain diamonds. Some journalists resist looking for them immediately.

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

The rig and the shaft with diamonds behind it.

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

This slightly damp wall is our target. The wall is cold and sticky clay, it absolutely does not seem that we can find diamonds here!

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

Such instrument is used to get into the tube crushing the rock into small fragments. The crushed stone is carried away to be further used for finding diamonds.

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

Ventilation ducts.

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

These vehicles are used for ore transportation.

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

New rails – the railway will be built manually. In fact a lot of work in the mine is done manually.

P.S. In 1980 the biggest Soviet diamond with mass of 342,5 carats (68 grams) was found here. The mine has already yielded diamonds worth a total for seventeen billion dollars.
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