Thursday, November 13, 2008

Amazing Holes!

These holes are both amazing, and really terrifying -- especially #8! Their sheer scale will remind you of just how tiny we really are!

1. Sinkhole in Guatemala

The photo above is of a sinkhole that occurred early this year in Guatemala. The hole swallowed a dozen homes and killed at least 3 people.


2. Diavik Mine -- Canada

This mine recedes below surrounding water levels. It 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 amazing when the surrounding water is frozen.



3. Mirny Diamond Mine -- Serbia

Here is an absolutely beastly hole, which holds the title of largest open diamond mine in the world. At 525 meters (1,722 ft) deep, with a top diameter of 1,200 meters (3,937 ft), there's even a no-fly zone above the hole due to a few helicopters having been sucked in.



4. Bingham Canyon Mine -- Utah

Stated to be the largest man-made excavation on earth, extraction began in 1863 and still continues today. This increases the pit size constantly. The hole's current state is miles deep and 2.5 miles wide.


5. Great Blue Hole - Belize

This incredible geographical phenomenon known as "The Great Blue Hole" is situated 60 miles off the mainland of Belize.

There are many blue holes around the world, but none we believe as stunning as this one.


6. Glory Hole -- Monticello Dam, California

A glory hole is used as an overflow for when a dam is at full capacity and water needs to be drained from the reservoir. The 'Glory Hole' Monticello dam is the largest of its kind in the world of this type of spillway, its size enabling it to consume 14,400 cubic feet of water every second.


7. Kimberley Big Hole -- South Africa


Stated to be the largest ever hand-dug excavation in the world, this 1,097 meter (approx. 3,600 ft) deep mine yielded over 3 tons of diamonds before being closed in 1914.

And the And the most terrifying one of all... (Drum roll... ....)



8. The Tax Hole

This is the famous 'Tax Hole' that you have likely heard about. It is capable of swallowing trillions and trillions of U.S. dollars ... annually ... never to be heard from again!

The Tax Hole has created a deafening monstrous deficit debt, and forced hundreds of millions to seek "loop holes."

Did you see that coming? Neither did we!


Joke of the Day:
Don't steal, the Government hates competition!



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