Former Soviet Mines Are Like Artificially Constructed Pits Of Hell

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No, these aren't natural disasters, craters from a huge meteorite, or the burrows of some massive worm from space. These are mines, created by the Soviet Union to harness the awesome natural resources of Russia and Eastern Europe. But they look like a glimpse of Hell itself.

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We already showed you some wonderful old mines that you can still visit, but here are some pictures of Soviet ones that will blow your mind.

Kolyvansky coal mine, Novosibirsk region, Russia

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A gold mine in East Kazakhstan, opened in 1786

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Molodezhny coal mine, near Karaganda, Kazakhstan

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The Kirovsky apatite mine in Hibiny, Kola Peninsula, Russia

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The Kuznetsk Basin, Western Siberia, Russia, one of the largest coal mining areas in the world, with dozens of opencast mines

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The kimberlite pipe Mir (means Peace) in Mirny, Eastern Siberia, Russia, a diamond mine opened in 1955. Its 1722 ft (525 m) deep quarry is one of the largest in the world, and the airspace above it is closed for helicopters because it could suck them with its downward air flow.

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The open-cast Mine No. 12, Kuznetsk Basin, Russia, opened in 1917

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The largest gypsum minefield in Europe, Novomoskovsk, Russia, discovered in 1929. The total length of the tunnels is over 310 miles (500 km).

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AlphonseBrown
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The Potosi silver mines were discovered in the early 16th century in modern day Bolivia and by 1550 there were as many as 300,000 people (read: mostly slave labor) extracting silver from inside the mountain of Potosi.It became one of the wealthiest centers of commerce in the Spanish Empire and the expression "Vale un Potosi" (Worth a Potosi) became of common use.

By the 19th century the whole mountain was completely hollowed out and all the silver gone.

Humankind: We exploit the shit out of your planet or your money back!