Someone Has To Dig It Up

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  • Monday, 28 October 2013 11:02
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Mining in Australia can be a tough slog. We have a vast, scenic country and the conditions vary from freezing cold through to scorching hot.

At this time of year, Australian miners are gearing up for what is expected to be a dangerously hot summer. We’ve already seen devastating bushfires tear through NSW as well as a close call at Cloud Break, WA forcing workers to evacuate their camp.

Some would argue that weather conditions are becoming more hostile as a result of global warming. Regardless of these extreme conditions, the demand for minerals continues to grow worldwide and someone has to head outside and dig it up, out of the ground.

Take a look at some of the most extreme mining conditions we could find:

extreme-ice-mining
Mining on top of mountains at -50 degrees is pretty extreme.

still-working-fire-in-background
Being made to work while a bushfire burns behind you = extreme.

frozen-over-machines
So cold. This beast has frozen over and will require a huge bucket of hot water to defrost it.

floods
Australia's notoriously extreme floods can deem a mine site 'un-mine-able'.

coal-fire
This coal fire: extreme!

mining-mount-doom-01
Mt Doom, Hell.

mining-mount-doom-02
Mt Doom, Hell.

abbot-extreme
EXTREME!

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Is the mining boom in Australia over?

Is the mining boom in Australia over?

No, it's just media hype.
Yes as a result of lower demand.
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