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Posted By: craftsmansky, 03-03-2008, 11:26 AM

had a somewhat unique experience of going into a working coal mine last friday as research for a museum exhibit. this was definitely point and shoot with my k100d since i didnt want to leave it exposed outside my protective clothing for very long.

photos arent great but capture the feeling fairly well...


structure to lower cage into the shaft



typical passage to areas of the mine. there are tunnels at 53 ft on center with cross tunnels at 65 ft on center. passage is 20 ft wide and 6.5 ft high. the grid is enormous. the area i was in was 12 tunnels wide. they extract average of 27,000 tons!! a day.



side wall showing scarring left by miner head


cutting head of miner. it is 14 ft wide


after coal is extracted, bolts are driven in the top of the tunnel to support the ceiling



i thought some would enjoy seeing what a working mine is like.
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Great images! Being underground would be pretty scary for me, but it's interesting to see how other folks work.
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Nice work!

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Those are really really COOL pictures! That digging maching looks SCARY!

But you may want to give your sensor a little cleaning, it's a bit dusty



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my monitor at work is so dark i can barely see those spots. yep, pretty dusty.
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