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RA-47272 (cn 07306402) Diamond hole in Earth after take off from Mirny (MJZ/UERR). Diamond mine " Mir " is near to a runway of the airport. Geological parameters of mine, depth of 525 meters, the top diameter of the minimal 1100 meters, the maximal 1200 meters. Volume of the shipped rock from the beginning of development - 168.7 million cubic metre. It is sold diamonds for the sum approximately 17.5 billion dollars. Length of spiral road - 7.7 kilometers.
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A visitor from Italy posted Wed May 30, 2012:
It reminds me the Dante's representation of hell circles in his Divina Commedia :-)

A visitor from Ukraine posted Sun December 26, 2010:
Terraforming in action :(

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed November 10, 2010:
That's a big hole!!!!!! Love the perspective with the city right next door

A visitor from - posted Thu July 8, 2010:
What a great shot! I grew up in the town behind that "hole" and remember taking off from that runway and flying right by the quarry. Every Thursday there was a series of blasts as part of diamonds mining, the whole town would shake like in a 3-4 magnitude earth quake - they used a whore railroad car of TNT.

A visitor from Germany asked "how they got down there". Easy - there are berms on the sides of the quarry allowing huge 120-tons Komatsu and Caterpillar trucks to go down. Takes 20 minutes to go down and 40 minutes to go up. The depth of the quarry 550 m, length 1200 m, width 800 m. For the history of Mirny airport two airplanes fell into it - an Antonov-26 (with a load of salami) and Ilyushin-76.

A visitor from - posted Mon May 17, 2010:
Great shot , the pit reminds me of the one in Kalgoorie =abi

A visitor from Australia posted Thu October 1, 2009:
Imagine having that big hole next to your city...

A visitor from Germany posted Wed April 8, 2009:
Wow! how do they get down/up from there???

A visitor from Chile posted Mon April 6, 2009:
WOW! It's a Stars War's view..where is Jabba??

A visitor from - posted Sun March 29, 2009:
Excelent photo and information!!!

A visitor from Australia posted Wed January 7, 2009:
I wouldn't fly too close to it though... think of the downdrafts!

A visitor from - posted Tue November 11, 2008:
If an aircraft lands there, it could be a problem. God used to play golf in this hole

A visitor from Austria posted Sun September 7, 2008:
The new Albumcover from AC/DC: Highway to Hell???
Now that's a cool shot...

A visitor from United States posted Thu August 21, 2008:
Very unique perspective.Excellent quality. Conveys a feeling of actually being on this aircraft

A visitor from United States posted Sun August 17, 2008:
Hahahaha! I can imagine someone with a fear of flying looking out their window to that giant hole in the Earth! "AhhhhhhH!"

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Fri August 15, 2008:
Great shot, Ivan!
Melihov.

A visitor from Netherlands posted Thu August 14, 2008:
Now that's a hole! I'd love to see someone take that road on with a dirt bike or a BMX.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed August 13, 2008:
Fantastic!!!
Dmitriy P.

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Wed August 13, 2008:
"Need for Speed-Underground 3"
Ladies and gentlemen!!!!Welcome in the Center of the Earth

A visitor from United States posted Wed August 13, 2008:
Wooooooooow! great capture I can't imagine how many trips the big mega trucks made to get all that dirt, rock and diamonds out of that rabbit hole!

A visitor from Canada posted Wed August 13, 2008:
Looks as if you were taking off from on top of the Death Star! Cool

A visitor from Belgium posted Wed August 13, 2008:
The photo I'd like to make myself. Great!

A visitor from Germany posted Wed August 13, 2008:
Wow, amazing and fascinating motiv.

A visitor from Austria posted Tue August 12, 2008:
WOw. What a combination! Russias hole in the head and the beautyful an-24.

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Tue August 12, 2008:
Real cool! Fx.

A visitor from United States posted Tue August 12, 2008:
I love the Soviet era housing in the background!

A visitor from Canada posted Tue August 12, 2008:
Or the way out, doesn't look well used.

A visitor from - posted Tue August 12, 2008:
Holy **** that is amazing! nice one Ivan!

A visitor from Turkey posted Tue August 12, 2008:
Not road, more like a highway to hell :D Great photo.

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Tue August 12, 2008:
Happy day for you, pilot. Accept the deserved congratulations. A faultless shot-good work.

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Tue August 12, 2008:
Road to hell :-)
Best photo, Ivan!

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