Kalgoorlie’s Super Pit

I love to visit Outback Australia. It is vast, beautiful and has wide open spaces which are terrifyingly seductive. It is rich in nature and mineral resources.This is the Super Pit in Kalgoorlie, in Western Australia’s Eastern Goldfields. It is Australia’s largest open cut gold mine. Oblong in shape, it is approximately 3.5 kilometres long, 1.5 kilometres wide and 579 metres deep. It is large enough to be seen from space. Owned by Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines Pty Ltd, it produces 850,000 ounces (28 tonnes) of gold per year, and employs about 550 employees directly on site. To recover the gold, the ore is crushed, passed through a gravity circuit, subjected to flotation to produce a concentrate, and then roasted in a small smelter. I took these photos in 2007, and it was very windy in the lookout.

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