Giant holes are strange natural or man-made phenomena that appear around the world. In man’s search for mineral wealth, many enormous holes have been dug. Here are some of the big holes to be found on our planet.
1. Bingham Canyon Mine – Utah
The Bingham Canyon Mine is located in the Oquirrh Mountains outside Salt Lake City. This pit is a porphyry copper deposit. The hole is 2.5 miles wide, 0.6 miles deep and it covers over 1,900 acres. It is the world’s largest man-made excavation. Bingham Canyon has proven to be one of the world’s most productive mines.
2. Big Hole – South Africa
The Big hole, also known as Kimberly hole, located in the capital of South Africa’s Northern Cape province. The Big Hole is one of the deepest mines dug by hand. It is more than 700 feet and a width of 1,519 feet.
3. Guatemala City Sinkhole – Guatemala
The Guatemala City sinkhole was a disaster, swallowed a three-story factory when a sinkhole formed. The sinkhole itself is 100 feet deep. Generally, sinkholes are caused by underground rivers or stores of water.
4. Great Blue Hole – Belize
The Great Blue Hole is an underwater sinkhole off the coast of Belize. It stretches about 1,000 feet across and 407 feet deep. This giant underwater hole became famous when Jacques Cousteau mentioned it as one of the best diving locations in the world. The hole, popular with scuba dives which marvel at its crystal clear water and varieties of sea life, originated as a limestone cave during the last ice age.
5. Dean’s Blue Hole – Bahamas
Dean’s Blue Hole is the world’s deepest known Blue Hole located in the Bahamas in a bay west of Clarence Town on Long Island. It is 663 feet deep with its diameter is ranging from 82–115 feet. The hole is visible above water due to the deep blue color of its water in contrast with the rest of the bay.
6. Mir Mine – Siberia
The Mir or Mirny mine, located in Mirny in Eastern Siberia, is about 1,722 feet deep and 3,900 feet in diameter. The mine produced more than 10 million carats of diamonds per year when it was in peak operation. Now this diamond mine is inactive. While it was operational, it took two hours for trucks to drive from the top to the bottom of the mine.
7. Darvaza gas crater – Turkmenistan
The Darvaza gas crater known as the “Door to Hell” or ”Gates of Hell” is located in Derweze, Turkmenistan. It is 226 feet wide in diameter and 98 feet deep. Derweze is a natural gas field that collapsed and turned into a natural gas crater. This hole in Earth’s surface has been burning since 1971.