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Subj:.....8 Amazing Holes! (S613c)
          From: gattica30 on 10/7/2008

These holes are not only amazing, but some of them are really
terrifying - especially #8!  The sheer scale of these holes
reminds you of just how tiny you are. 
  

1. Kimberley Big Hole - South Africa 
  

Apparently the largest ever hand-dug excavation
in the world, this 1097 meter deep mine yielded 
over 3 tons of diamonds before being closed in 1914. 
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2. Glory Hole - Monticello Dam, California

A glory hole is used when a dam is at full
capacity and water needs to be drained from
the reservoir 

This is the 'Glory Hole' at Monticello dam,
and it's the largest in the world of this
type of spillway, its size enabling it to
consume 14,400 cubic feet of water every second.

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3. Bingham Canyon Mine, Utah 
  

This is supposedly the largest man-made excavation
on earth.  Extraction began in 1863 and still
continues today, the pit increasing in size
constantly.  In its current state the hole is
miles deep and 2.5 miles wide. 
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4. Great Blue Hole , Belize 

This incredible geographical phenomenon known
as a blue hole is situated 60 miles off the
mainland of Belize.  There are numerous blue
holes around the world, but none as stunning
as this one.

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5. Mirny Diamond Mine , Serbia 
  

This one is an absolute beast and holds the title
of largest open diamond mine in the world.  At 525
meters deep, with a top diameter of 1200 meters,
there's even a no-fly zone above the hole due to
a few helicopters having been sucked in. 
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6. Diavik Mine , Canada

The mine is so huge and the area so remote that
it has its own airport with a runway large enough
to accommodate a Boeing 737.  It looks equally
cool when the surrounding water is frozen.

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7. Sinkhole in Guatemala 
  

These photos are of a sinkhole that occurred early
this year in Guatemala.  The hole swallowed dozen
homes and killed at least 3 people. 

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8. And the most terrifying one of all

This is the famous 'Rat Hole' that you have heard
about.  It is capable of swallowing trillions and
trillions of U.S. Dollars... Annually!  Including
a current $700 billion bail-out!

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(I didn't see that coming..... Did You?) 

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