The Fimiston Open Pit or just Super Pit as it has become known is just south-east of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia. It is Australia’s largest open cut gold mine and currently measures 600 metres deep. It produces 850,000 ounces of gold a year (gold price 17 Apr ’16: $1,237.50 per ounce).

This shot was taken from the viewing platform with my fixed 35mm lens on a crop frame camera. I needed 2 rows of 4 images stitched together to get the whole pit in picture. The tiny specks of vehicles close to the bottom are those enormous dumper trucks with tyres twice the size of a man. Whether you agree with the mining of resources like gold or not, you can’t help be in awe of the size of this thing.

Superpit (2016)
Superpit (2016)

© Gary Light
Creative Commons: (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)


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