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Top 10 Amazing Holes In The Earth

In man’s search for mineral wealth, many enormous holes have been dug. In addition, nature occasionally produces some astounding holes. This list is a pick of the ten most spectacular natural or manmade holes in the face of the earth. Many thanks to rushfan for sending in the images for this list. Click the images for a larger view.



800Px-Chuquicamata Copper Mine Chile-1

Chuquicamata is an open pit copper mine in Chile. It is the mine with the largest total production of copper in the world – though it is not the largest copper mine. The mine is over 850 meters deep.


Udachnaya Pipe

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The Udachnaya Pipe is a diamond mine in Russia. The owners of the mine plan to cease its operations in 2010 – in favor of underground mining. The mine was discovered in 1955 and is over 600 meters deep.



Guatemala Sink Hole 2

In 2007, a 300 foot deep sinkhole swallowed a dozen homes in Guatemala – killing 2 and causing thousands to be evacuated. The sinkhole was caused by rains and an underground sewage flow.


Diavik Mine


The Diavik Mine is a mine in the Northwest territories of Canada. The mine (opened in 2003) produces 8 million carats or about 1,600 kg (3,500 lb) of diamonds every year.


Mirny Diamond Mine


The Mirny Diamond Mine is 525m deep and has a diameter of 1200m. It was the first, and one of the largest, diamond Pipes in the USSR. It is now abandoned. While it was still operational, it would take two hours for trucks to drive from the top to the bottom of the mine.


Great Blue Hole


The Great Blue Hole is an underwater sinkhole off the coast of Belize. The hole is 1,000 feet across and 400 feet deep. It was formed as a limestone cave during the last iceage.


Bingham Canyon Mine


The Bingham Canyon Mine is a copper mine in the Oquirrh mountains, Utah. The mine is 0.75 mile (1.2 km) deep, 2.5 miles (4 km) wide. It is the world’s largest manmade excavation.


Monticello Dam


The Monticello Dam is a dam in Napa County, California, United States most noted for its large circular spillway with a rate of 48,400 cubic feet per second.


Kimberley Diamond Mine
South Africa

800Px-Big Hole Kimberley

The Kimberley Diamond Mine (also known as the Big Hole) holds the (disputed) title of being the largest hand-dug hole in the world. From 1866 to 1914 50,000 miners dug the hole with picks and shovels, yielding 2,722 kg of diamonds. Attempts are being made to have it registered as a world heritage site.


Darvaza Gas Crater

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In 1971, geologists discovered a massive underground deposit of natural gas on this site. Whilst excavating the hole to tap the gas, the drilling rig collapsed leaving a massive hole. To prevent poisonous gasses from escaping, the hole was allowed to burn. It continues to burn to this day and has done so without ceasing. You can see a video clip of it burning here.

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  • xdarkhorsex


    I’d like to thank the academy, my mother and Jesus for giving me this opportunity. Jamie for providing the forum for lists….

    >cue music

  • kiki

    oooh second..i would like to thank myself for being bored and surfing this site just in time to make this incredibly creative comment.

    fascinating list! cool pics! ;)

  • Sgt. Batguano

    xdarkhorsex is under investigation for performance enhancers.

    Also…great list.

  • Denzell

    Yay me 2nd! Really amazing list, Jamie! Really amazing for a non-geeky dude!

  • nubyw00tz

    I love the sound that #1 makes. Cool list.

  • Denzell

    oh, not me! I’m 4th!

  • beff

    i would love to be able to see any of these in real life. the name of the list is pretty funny though….i could think of a few people who would fit under that name.

    i want to jump into the dam…that looks neat

    • JackSprite

      >i want to jump into the dam…that looks neat

      LOL. Yeah, it does look pretty neat. Would be a hell of a landing though, with the simultaneous sensations of broken bones and your lungs filling with water. Other than that, it would be pretty fun……………….NOT!!

  • Spart

    What about the Super Pit??

    Check it out in Kalgoorlie West Australia

  • Denzell

    When I viewed this page only one comment was posted…

  • emmstein

    Kimberley (Diamond Mine) has some bush near the hole.

    Anyone who giggles is a perv and will be tazed. :)

  • Matt Howard

    The Great Blue Hole in Belize REALLY needs to be used as a James Bond villain’s super secret lair:P

  • knight_forked

    Cool list! [email protected]: :)

    beff, I think some of the biggest ones yet are in senate.

  • storm_shadow

    That is pretty amazing. But it’s also a bit sad because it’s a reminder of how much we like to destroy the earth.

  • Jack Deth

    A great list, I love to see the gas pit in Turkmenistan, Yagsheemesh!


    Interesting, but this list/series of pix has been floating around the internet for a couple of years now. Surprised someone hasn’t spotted this before me. Oh well, keep on keeping on.

  • deepthinker

    Great Monday list! The pics are amazing.

  • dischuker

    haven’t we already had a list like this?

  • I liked this list and the photos were awesome!!

  • dustin

    no Paris Hilton?

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  • astraya

    It’s hard to be sure, but very few of these seem to have fences around them!

  • Brickhouse

    Holy list of holes, Batman!

  • Dawn Bearer


    #1 reminds me of the movie Silent Hill.

  • disco.x

    What about the Barringer crater?

    or does that not count…

    Great and beautiful list btw =]

  • DoppHopper

    Me and some mates dug a big hole once. Why does one always come across shoes and boots and cuplery?

  • Johnny

    What gets bigger the more you take out of it?

  • FallenMorgan

    #3 looks like what happens when you divide by zero.

  • fromthefuture

    what about that cave in Mexico that people base jump from?

  • A

    Great List! =)

  • Blogball

    There are so many holes in this list that it’s not even funny. Number 3 reminds me of Journey to the Center of the Earth. Speaking of which why didn’t that hole make the list?
    Seriously, this is really an interesting and original list.

  • Cedestra

    9. Denzell: Doesn’t matter anyway- it’s against site rules and your post(s) will probably be deleted. So will there’s.
    Great list! I was worried for a sec because I’ve seen lists like this online before, but I believe this is an original list. Like the pictures, although there are others of the Great Blue Hole that show how udderly random it is.

  • JayBe

    really amazing. Most of them even incredible (7,5,2 and 1 seems science fiction).

    Maybe you missed Kola Superdeep Borehole. A little more of information could be great, but wiki is there to heal up that.

    great list

  • ImplosiveFire
  • smurff

    Good list nice images, but Im sure I wrote a wee line or two about the Kimberly Hole a few months back, when you had a similar list going.

  • Kadaj

    fromthefuture: Yep, it is called “Sótano de las golondrinas” and its one of the deepest natural natural abyss on earth. Look at it, i found a video in english:

    I think that you missed a lot of good stuff in this list. One is that one that i already mentioned, other one is the “Sotano del barro” also in mexico (another of the deepest caves in the world) , The Barringer Crater (who doesnt love craters??) , The money pit at oak island (last buried treasure) , the Kola Superdeep Borehole (deepest man-made hole), the Challenger abyss (in the pacific ocean), Qattara depression (largest natural sinkhole on earth), Sarisarinama Holes in Venezuela.

    Man you really needed to do a bit more of investigation, this list needed a little bit more of info and photos, easily reaching 15 items or more, instead of ten. Its just a regular list right now…

  • Malfore

    That burning hole is wicked

  • TheOnlySaneOne

    Those are some sweet pictures. Nice creative list.

  • psychosurfer

    Instead of so many mines I would have included at least one of these:

    Some of them are amazing specially the Sacred Cenote.

  • MarK

    no joke.. I was seriously expecting goatse to be no1… yehh the internet has ruined me

  • The reason for excluding the Kola superdeep borehole was that the borehole is not an amazing hole to look at from above ground. I should have been clearer in the intro :)

  • JayArr

    A dozen homes in a sinkhole (#8) that small…ouchie! #5 reminds me of an eyeball. Perdy!

    Hmmm… I can’t believe you did not add the Berkley Pit to the list! The Berkeley Pit is a former open pit copper mine located in Butte, Montana (USA). The pit is approximately 1.5 miles wide and over 1/3 mile deep. Due in part to toxic/contaminated water currently filling 900+ feet of the pit, the Berkley Pit has become one of the United States’ largest ‘superfund’ clean-up sites ever.

  • copperdragon

    what about craters from meteor strikes?
    Meteor Crater in Arizona
    Yucatan crater in Mexico
    and there’s another one in Canada.
    all natural and large enough to make the list (though not very spectacular)

  • copperdragon

    here is wiki’s list of impact craters on Earth

  • Randall


    Good suggestion, I thought of those myself… though in fact, when you think about it, they ARE pretty spectacular. And there are many more than four… the globe is in fact covered with them, though most, like Chixulub, are now indistinguishable, due to erosion and continental drift.

  • thuss

    that is one of the best lists i this site, i would rate this site at least 9 out of 10. it is verry interest ing to be hionest.

  • Another rushfan goodie!
    And yes, of course there are a lot of holes that didn’t make the list, but c’mon guys, “So many holes, so few spaces!”.
    There are more underground fires, too, that just keep on burning year after year, but the Darvaza Gas Crater is truly spectacular because you can see it.
    Anyway rushie, great job.

    Can’t wait to see what ya got next!

  • postman

    And there was me thinking that I lived in the biggest hole in the world:).

  • stewart

    1. xdarkhorsex

    Heh heh that was the best comment I have seen at no.1

  • stewart

    Diavik Mine – Totally amazing but I would be worried working there!

    Great Blue Hole – There are aliens down there!!

    Monticello Dam – That’s just plain scary. I wonder if any of the maintenance works have gone missing.

    Darvaza Gas Crater – Sponsored by BIC lighters – France!

  • Johny

    what?! no paris hilton?! this list is incomplete!

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  • billyrules!

    you can’t help but wonder how often people fall into these.

  • 50. billyrules! Maybe it’s just me, but I think you’d see them before you had a chance to fall in.

  • Diogenes

    It was way back in the year of 1987 when “The Cosby-Jello Hole Bill” ALMOST got passed and made into LAW. Citizen Bill Cosby stood before Congress in the winter of that year and gave a most electrifying speech that nearly warmed the entire room to its core, but The House was naturally divided. One side wanted flavors that represented the states in some way and another side wanted to charge by the spoonful…but Citizen Cosby stood his ground. The Holes would be filled with Jello FOR THE CHILDREN and BY THE CHILDREN and the consumer would pay an “all you can eat” fee.
    The flavor would be a NEW ONE that was then being developed by the Jello Corporation speciffically for the future possibility of “The Cosby-Jello Hole Law”. Transluscent to the eye and with the taste of emptyness. Various “launchers” would be constructed around the holes, giving “thrill riders” a view of the wide blue yonder….for a moment any how–before plumeting into The Vast Jello Bellow. Special “Black Hole” nylon jumpsuits would be provided for return ethusiasts who dared the higher free falls from the “Outer to Inner Experience” (a joint operation with Virgin Space Corp).
    Believe it or not. The President of the United States, being a Jello and big hole lover, came close to giving his “official smooch” of approval.

    But long story short:
    Kids today dont know what to do with all their energy and the Bill did not become Law.
    and Bill went back to his Jello comercials on TV, but something had changed in him
    The Wikipedia Infomation on “The Cosby-Jello Hole Bill” has unfortunately been removed.
    By Citizen Cosby’s Request (some say out of shame, others say out of continual grief)

  • mike

    there is only ONE rational explanation for number 1 on this list. satan was bored and decided to light his fart on fire.

  • Riya B.

    Awesom list! After I saw number one’s photo and description, I’m beginning to wonder what’ll happen if someone fell into that hole….

  • dime138

    For some reason #3 freaked me out. I can’t look at the picture without shuddering.

  • Clantargh

    Well if natural holes are being included what about the Grand Canyon?

  • Johandus Maximus

    If the planned expansion of BHP’s Olympic Dam Mine in South Australia goes ahead it should easily make this list. Here are some figures:

    As an engineer, the scale of what they’re planning is just mind boggling. As a South Australian resident though, I’m not convinced this state has the resources to get it off the ground. Time will tell I guess

  • yuri

    imho holes ruin the view. incredible list though.

    it’s my first time to comment. been lurking here a while though. :D

  • yuri

    ^ too many “though” in my previous post. heehee

    it’s amazing about the 2 hour drive from the top of the hole to the bottom.

  • Megan

    My dad worked for the Diavik diamond mine!! he operated a jumbo in the underground.

  • Long Nick

    I would say Natalie Portman should be number 1.

  • Hey everyone – sorry for not commenting before now – I am very sick with a stomach virus. I will be back to normal tomorrow hopefully.

  • croat

    what about Red Lake in Croatia which is 582m deep?

  • Anon

    Viva Chile!

    Back in the Davis Cup finals grouping again this weekend (beat Oz), and now Chuquicamata on LV too. I have to cut in here on account of Anita (my wife) happening to be born at the border with Bolivia nearby while her dad was stationed at Chuqui (he was a copper mine supervisor). It’s often one of the sightseeing stop-offs in Atacama desert tours. Must get there myself one of these days.

  • kris

    OH My God!!! that is real nice list & so informative… I wonder how could men climb back into the surface

  • heavybison

    Stomach virus eh? Have you been eating too many lobsters?

  • gezzanater

    You left Adelaide, that is Australia’s biggest hole, followed closely by Canberra.

  • k1w1taxi

    Some amazing holes on the list. Thanks Jamie.

    That Monticello spillway is just so freaky looking.

    Googling a few others I found the following about Diavik. The Capital Cost of the Mine is $1.3 Billion, so I sure hope there are a lot of Diamonds there

    Also found this pic of I think Mirny from a different angle which is if anything even more amazing.


  • rodrigo

    Yeah chile in the top 10!!!!!

    Chuquicamata is awesome

  • SamBam

    @ Ember

    Yes you can have depth vertigo, I learned about it during my diving certification.

  • Ember

    Can you have depth vertigo? If so I have it when looking at the picture of the Great Blue Hole. Great List though.

  • Ana

    Awww I always feel proud when Chile get’s mentioned :)

  • Tyree

    Good, but I think I’ve already read this. Was it like…plagiarized from something, by any chance?

  • Anderi

    Should’ve called this the “Top 10 Amazing KNOWN Holes”…

    Because there’s a of huge one on Mars that would push #8 and #3 off the list!

    Hmmm, that would make only 9… Maybe we could add that “Goatse” guy!! XD

  • Tyree: no – it is not plagiarized from something – though 7 of the images were sent in by a reader. I added the text and found 3 additional images.

  • Tyree

    Okay, sorry. I wasn’t trying to offend or anything, it just seemed very familiar.

  • Anderi: the only problem with that is that holes on Mars are not “holes in the Earth”. :)

  • Anderi

    Ah! But Mr Frater, that’s why I said “Top 10 Amazing Known Holes” and didn’t specify the planet…

    Maybe I should’ve added “-In The Solar System”?… ;p

  • astraya

    Courtney Love and her band.

  • Nope

    did you know that the holes only natural enemy is the pile?

  • JayBe

    74. Anderi:
    That’s freaking, while I won finish to swallow camming from that web. Can you link those images from NASA or any scientific source instead?

  • rubysp


    For some reason looking at these images strike deep mortal fear in me. The thought of falling in through the dark or swallowed into #3…*shudder*

    Fabulous list!

  • Crêpe

    Wow, really interesting. 5 creeped me out though.

  • Johandus Maximus

    After reading this list for the second time, I have only one thing to add:

    Hol(e)y Moley!

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  • iolanthe_duville

    imagine falling into one of those holes…like #5…

  • Vera Lynn

    Great list! Lots of fun

    beff (8)Yeah, I can name a few also.

    Emmstein (10) I did giggle. That was funny. Taze me!

    mark (38)That’s too funny!

    mike (53) Hysterical!! Laughed out loud :)

  • CRSN

    67 Gezz – nice to see we’re on the same page with those “shit holes”.

    is it me, or am i noticing exerpts from previous hole lists, i thought one of my ex’s should be on there :)

  • Diogenes’s double

    Oh Dis
    Why u bother #52
    dont u know your a has been?
    a want not?
    a deep hole among land fairing mudder lubers?
    Oh Diogenes, my friend, my fair lad within
    keep it to yourself and give no more
    care not what happens herewithin
    tis not the worrisome bother
    the hole is a lack of and an abysmal twilightzone hourglass
    yet, like a void absence pulling
    a fathom into dangerous desires and a connection to the core.

  • donut

    Another amazing hole in the earth is the Berkely Pit in Butte, MT

    Great list though.

  • Drogo

    This is a nice noncontroversial list. You could say it’s hole-some. :)


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  • Suskis

    Darvaza Gas Crater is really hard to spot on Google Earth. But if you turn on the “night vision” you can see its light in the middle of nowhere! (that place is called Hell’s door!)

  • Freemont

    What about your mom’s holes?

    I didn’t read all the comments, so I wonder how many times that joke has been made.

  • CRSN

    Freemont – i’d say your the first to make that comment, unlike you we have respect for each other and our families.

  • Baker

    i want to jump into the dam…that looks neat

    There is actually a large metal cage-like crate in the bottom portion of it. there have been people who have committed suicide by jumping down in it and being literally obliterated by hitting this cage.

    I live about 20 minutes from the damn, and I was surprised this made the list, it never seemed that epic before, just something you drive by every day in the summer and never think about it.

  • 94. Baker:…people who have committed suicide by jumping down in it and being literally obliterated by hitting this cage.
    That sounds incredibly unpleasant.
    Looking at the photo of the dam, I can’t understand how one would get close enough to “jump”, it looks as if one would be sucked into the hole!

  • Copaface

    They’re actually really pretty :)


  • jfrater fan :D

    this is my favorite list. :]

  • SnowKid32

    The blue hole is the scariest thing I’ve ever seen. I’m afraid of pitch black/blue/any damn color and I’m afraid of water. [Let that note, look up my name, Marvin, as in look up what it means]. So combining the two, SCARES ZEH HELL OUT OF ME!

  • usman

    Amazing and Beautiful……..

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  • Amanda H.

    This is one of the most amazing lists I have ever seen, the first to make me speechless! Number three is absolutely beautiful and the burning crater is also very cool!!! Thanks!!

  • poodle

    cool although i wanted man made hole

  • Chicle

    Chuquicamata FTW

  • kram

    t so great to see that

  • kram

    ilearned a lot of that topic…
    its so amazing!!!!

  • dizy

    monticello dam! woohoo! i’ve been visiting that since i was little, its right by my house. i can die happy now that i have a tenuous personal connection to one of the items on the listverse lists.

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  • Caitlyn

    Wow, are those holes reaching until the Earth’s core? …this is so amazing! There are holes and water and land. I like the picture of the Monticello Dam.

  • fiazi

    very informative

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  • viji

    Amazing photo

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  • gresey grace

    This list although really cool, is outdated. There was one huge sinkhole appeared in Bolivia last week, near the old one. It creeps me out…people in Bolivia, you better watch out!!!

  • It can be noted about #8 that a new sink hole emerged at a street corner in Guatamala after a recent rain storm and swallowed a couple house and cars, in 2010.

  • Richiachu

    How scary would it be to swim over the blue hole alone

  • Will Trame

    Good list and impressive photographs. Some of these are quite ominous.

    Other such notable holes in the earth include Cennet y Cehennem (Heaven and Hell) in Turkey. I’ve been there and seen them and they are equally impressive.

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  • King

    You missed the actual number 1: Melbourne, Australia.

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  • sarang

    its great

  • Loretta

    These pictures of holes in our earth are unbelievable

  • Larry

    These pictures are awesome

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  • jordon

    how did the holes get there mannnnnnnnnnnnnn!?

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  • shan

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  • extraordinary, and the holes made my skin crawl, amazed, horrified … thanks

  • Stoneez

    It’s hard to find well-informed people about this topic, but you seem like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

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  • hungry_monkey

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  • oldcomrade

    London, the biggest s–thole on G0ds earth.

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