|Kimberley's Big Hole Diamond Mine|
If you travel to Kimberley you can't help but see The Big Hole. It is a great black pit that cuts through the rocky diamond-studded mantle of Africa. The Big Hole at 215 metres deep is the largest man made hole in existence.
The first diamond discovered in South Africa in 1869 was found in the walls of a farmhouse in nearby Bultfontein. Needless to say the house soon bit the dust and the diamond rush was on. Just over a year later, diamonds were discovered in what is now Kimberley and the excavation of the Big Hole was underway.
|A representation of all the diamonds mined from the Big Hole during its lifetime|
Photos copyright Anne Gordon
Posted by Anne Gordon on Sunday, 26th December, 2010