Pathik World Tours


Mir/Mirny Diamond Mine, Eastern Siberia, Russia


The now inactive diamond pit is the second largest man-made hole in the world after Bingham Canyon Mine, Utah, US. Closed since 2004, this pit is 525 m deep and has a diameter of 1.2 km. Its construction started in 1957 after Soviet geologists Yuri Khabardin, Ekaterina Elagina and Viktor Avdeenko, in 1957, claimed that there were good chances of discovering diamonds here. The downward airflow of this pit – pulled aircraft that flew over it. Also, the harsh Siberian cold would flatten tyres and freeze the machinery in the mine. The downward air flow into this mine had sucked in a few companies continued to mine here post the fall of the USSR, in the 1990s, curtains were called on the mine in 2004.