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7 Big holes In The World

Big holes in the world – 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 biggest holes in the world.

1. Bingham Canyon Mine – Utah

Bingham Canyon Mine
Wikimedia image by Doc Searls

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

Big Hole
Wikimedia image by Irene2005

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 and one of the big holes in the world.

3. Guatemala City Sinkhole – Guatemala

sink hole
image: Lee Craven

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. It is the biggest sinkhole in the world.

4. Great Blue Hole – Belize

Great Blue Hole
Wikimedia image by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

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 or deepest blue hole became famous when Jacques Cousteau mentioned it as one of the best diving locations in the world. The hole is popular for scuba diving. The Great Blue Hole is one of the big holes in the world. It is the deepest hole in the ocean.

5. Dean’s Blue Hole – Bahamas

Dean’s Blue Hole
Wikimedia image by Ton Engwirda

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 the water.

6. Mir Mine – Siberia

Mir Mine
Wikimedia image by Vladimir

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 a million carats of diamonds per year. 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. It is one of the manmade big holes in the world.

7. Darvaza gas crater – Turkmenistan

Darvaza gas crater
Wikimedia image by Rastapopulous

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.


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Hello and Welcome! I'm Suraj Thapa from Nepal. I love traveling, photography, and reading listicles. I started 'ListSeries' blog to share amazing and interesting themes that exist in the world.

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