Do you see a bus on this image? Look nearer, it’s close to that enormous machine which they name “buck wheel excavator”. Wikipedia says its important objective is: “to behave as a steady digging machine in large-scale open pit mining operations”. What could be extra bigger scale than the most important world open pit coal mine in Kazakhstan inbuilt Soviet instances as the most important Soviet open pit coal mine? Russian photographer Alexander Popov has traveled there and took this superior pics and story so we now can have a look to! So let’s see these intimately:
This open-pit mine was constructed from 1965 to 1979. It had been deliberate to provide 50 million tons of coal per yr (wow!) and in 1985 it has reached this quantity for the primary time bringing 56.8 million tons of coal in twelve months! As a result of it’s so massive and so productive they’ve even put it into the Guiness report e book identical yr.
Alexander says that their important objective of the go to was not the mine itself however the big bucket wheel excavating machines just like the one on the pic above. He says that the German machine builders have made tremendous big excavators for this place on particular order in 1972 and 1973.
“This monster can produce 5,000 tons of coal every hour!”
Alexander says that when he first noticed this big tracks he remembered an enormous tracked machine from the Star Wars episode IV.
And right here is that this big in its “pure habitat” – within the coal pit mine.
“This can be a actual self-moving ship!”, says Alexander, “It’s got all kind of rooms: machine rooms, relaxation lounges and the myriad of various ladders and cables.”
Twenty seven individuals serve one machine right here.
Some elements of this big is radioactive and the signal is posted! “No one may clarify me what precisely in these giants is radioactive!”, remembers the photographer.
Two of the giants had been modernized in 2009-2010 and also you see they received computerized imaginative and prescient and management.
That is the way it rolls, or the way it mines for precise coal. Right here can be a brief video Alexander has made:
It’s strucking silent within it whereas its mining!
The machine stands 45 meter (virtually 150 ft) tall!
So Alexander went to the highest most a part of it.
And this big is being repaired now so you may evaluate it to a bus or a giant crane standing close by.
Unloading coal into the arrival practice automobiles.
It’s fairly excessive up there!
The coal that’s being mined right here then later is being burned on Kazakhstan and Russia’s energy crops. Additionally bought to individuals.
Only one Northern a part of this coal mine has proved reserves of coal exceeding 1,179 billion tons! JUST IMAGINE THIS AMOUNT OF COAL!
When the large is lively and mines coal the principle management “cabin” or deck-house goes approach all the way down to the rotating blades to have the ability to see the mining course of higher and to manage it higher!
And this tractor is used to feed the facility cables, that’s what Alexander says about it.
Nicely, that’s it! Hope you favored it and was impressed by this big scale mining operation!
Let’s say due to Alexander for the images and the story!