From Sinkholes to Mines to Stepwells - 10 Amazing Holes In The Earth
Chand Baori Stepwell, India
Located outside of Jaipur, in the state of Rajasthan, The Cbhand Baori Stepwell is not all that deep – only about 100 feet or so. What makes it such an amazing hole is that it was dug and carved out of the ground by hand, over 1,000 years ago. Over 3,500 steps line the sides of the well, allowing people to walk down to the now-unused pool of green water at the bottom. Dedicated to Hashat Mata, the goddess of joy and happiness, the well certainly brought those feelings to the parched locals in need of water – Rajasthan is one of the most arid areas in India.
Udachnaya Pipe, Sakha Republic, Russia
The third-deepest open-pit mine in the world, Udachnaya is tied to the Mir mine in that they were discovered only two days apart. Udachnaya is the deeper of the two, dropping down 600 meters. The Russian company that owns it, Alrosa, has halted the expansion of the pit but continues to mine underground in the area.