The Kimberly hole is oft quoted as the deepest man-made hole in the world.
The Kimberly hole mine is not in use any more, but was dug to mine diamonds and at present forms a 215m deep circular pit, which has started to cave in due to ever increasing traffic loads on the nearby N12 highway. The council is meeting to discuss re-routing the highway to save the big hole.
If you are ever in Kimberly, stop by the Mine Museum at the edge of the hole. On display is the largest uncut diamond in the world, the “616”. Its name is its weight: 616 carats. Even better known because of its history is the “Eureka”, the first diamond discovered in South Africa.
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