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Kimberley Northern Cape,

Home of the historical Diamond industry of South Africa.

Here visualised by the Big Hole.

From mid-July 1871 to 1914, 50,000 miners dug the hole with picks and shovels, yielding 2,722 kg of diamonds. The Big Hole has a surface of 17 hectares (42 acres) and is 463 metres wide. It was excavated to a depth of 240m, but then partially in filled with debris reducing its depth to about 215 m; since then it has accumulated water to a depth of 40 m leaving 175 m visible. (Wikip.)

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