The Earth’s 10 Most Amazing Holes

March 9, 2009 / 12 Comments

Beautiful pics of the Earth’s 10 most amazing holes.

1. The Darvaza Gas Crater – Turkmenistan

A drilling rig fell into the hole in 1971 allowing natural gas to escape. Worried that poisonous gasses were being released, it was decided to let it burn. It has been burning now for these 29 years.

amazing hole The Earths 10 Most Amazing Holes

2.  The Kimberly Diamond mine was dug over a period of 48 years (1866-1914) and yielded 2,722 kg of diamonds.

amazing hole9 The Earths 10 Most Amazing Holes

3.  The Monticello Dam spills 48,000 cubic feet per second.

Monticello Dam in Napa, CA

4.  The Bingham Canyon Mine is a copper mine. It is 1.2km deep and 4km wide.

Bingham Canyon Mine-Utah

5.  The Great Blue Hole is an underwater sinkhole about 1,000 feet across and 400 feet deep.

Great Blue Hole-Belize

6.  The Mirny Diamond Mine is 525 meters deep and 1200 meters wide. It took two hours to drive from the top to the bottom. It is now abandoned.

Mirny Diamond Mine-Siberia

7.  The Diavik Mine produces 1,600kg of diamonds every year.

Diavik Mine-Canada

8.  This sinkhole in Guatemala is 300 feet deep and has swallowed dozens of homes.


9.  The Udachnaya Pipe is a diamond mine. It is some 600 meters deep.

Udachnaya Pipe-Russia

10.  Chuquicamata is an open pit copper mine. It is 850 meters deep and produces the most copper in the world.



12 Responses

  • fdsa / March 11, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    definitely expected a yo mama joke at the end

  • d4rk / March 11, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    beautiful man, u ever seen them in person?

  • Alex Ion / March 11, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    haven’t seen any of these in person, but i’d definitely go for the Kimberly Diamond Mine and the Great Blue Hole. they’re extremely spectacular …

  • MB / March 12, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Way to go stealing other peoples content.

  • Mike / March 12, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Unless there were dozens of homes directly above the guatemalan sinkhole, I think someone should do some fact checking on that one because it looks like it’s about 40′ wide.

  • Alex Ion / March 12, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    @MB. Why do you think we are stealing other people’s content? What did we steal exactly?

  • JSin / April 11, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    The content technically is stolen unless you got permission and cited the source for the photos. I see no source citations and no credit given. You yourself stated that you have never seen these places so you did not take the pictures. That means you have used someone else’s work without properly citing them.

    As such it is in fact stealing content


  • Alex Ion / April 11, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    JSin … as much as I’d like to be rude on your comment, I won’t 🙂
    Check out the article again. There IS a SOURCE!

    We didn’t steal NO ONE’S content. We sourced!

  • Liz Karschner / July 23, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing!

  • northierthanthou / June 2, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Really fascinating images.

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  • Joseph Marzullo / October 25, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    nuke em’!

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