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Mirny Diamond Mine Russia Abandoned Place

Mirny Diamond Mine is also called the Mir mine and the Mirny mine is a former open pit diamond mine located in Mirny, Eastern Siberia, Russia. The mine is 525 meters deep and 1200 meters in diameter. It is the second largest excavated hole in the world, after Bingham Canyon Mine. Excavation on the pit began in 1955, Stalin ordered construction of the mine to satisfy the Soviet Union’s need for industrial-grade diamonds following the war. During its peak years of operation, the Mirny Diamond Mine produced over 10 million carats of diamonds annually, a good percentage of which were gem-quality. After the collapse of the USSR, in the 1990s, the mine was operated by a few local companies until 2004 when the mine was permanently closed.

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