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Sibai Quarry
February 16, 2017 01:02


If you look at Sibai and its quarry from above, from a decent height, you’ll see a huge hole in the ground, resembling an imprint of the giant pyramid stuck into the ground. And the town will seem a modest settlement dispersed along the edge of the funnel. This is no exaggeration: Sibai quarry ranks second in the world by its depth after Chile’s Chuquicamata. Its depth is more than 500 m, its diameter amounts to two kilometers. Six kinds of ores containing 15 components are produced here: gold, silver, copper, iron, sulfur. Severe black and red slopes are surrounded by a road, leading right to the bottom. Earlier Belaz trucks – the quarry’s dump trucks several meters high - permanently shuttled there.

The way took two and a half hours earlier, and the people at the top saw toy cars no bigger than a nail. We say earlier, because now open works in Sibai quarry are suspended. It happened not because there is nothing to produce, but because there is a real danger that the walls would collapse. Now there are only mining works.

In addition, another quarry - Kamaganskii – emerged nearby, also within the town limits. Now Sibai quarry, as well as its banks, started to be overgrown with plants. The spectacle is beautiful and surreal: gentle leaves of birches tremble at the dusty slopes, huge ravens drink from copper-red puddles, and cows are jumping on the panels at the edge of the funnel, saving themselves from a troublesome fox, or are quietly grazing above the giant quarry.




Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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