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Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 27 September 2015 in Cityscape & Urban.

The red brick building was the mine's general office. Also, It housed a communal bath for the miners. The water was said to always be pitch black. The miners worked in terribly hot and humid conditions as far as 3,600 feet (1,100 meters) below the sea bed. As is typical of mining operations, gas explosions were an ever-present danger.

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

It has been hard work. The mine has been difficult to ensure the safety.

27 Sep 2015 5:33am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What an extraordinary and painful environment this has now created . . amazing.

27 Sep 2015 5:52am

Gemma Wiseman from Melbourne, Australia

It's amazing that even what is left still manages to stand. A little creepy.

27 Sep 2015 8:15am

@Gemma Wiseman: It gets creepier.

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot!
such beautiful composition, colors, lights & textures!
Amazing series!

27 Sep 2015 8:16am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Is that lighthouse still working now ?

27 Sep 2015 8:50am

@Hiro: It seems to be a fairly recent addition so, I assume it does.

jean pierre a from France

belle traduction de l'abandon!! amitiés

27 Sep 2015 9:56am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Un très beau cadrage avec ce bel avant plan! j'aime beaucoup!

27 Sep 2015 11:55am

Anne from France

Sounds like a dangerous place...

27 Sep 2015 12:27pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This really shows the impact of time, storms, and deterioration.....I suppose the walls here just eventually collapsed as it seems in this image!

27 Sep 2015 1:44pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Oh - i was so caught up in this series, I did not realize this was the last piece for now :-) I just traveled back through all that I missed...What an amazing story, Steve. .Sorry I missed them to begin with but so glad i went back Life's been a bit crazy here:-)

27 Sep 2015 1:47pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine picture of these remarkable ruins. The history is very interesting. It must have been a very hard life.

27 Sep 2015 2:07pm

Kyu from Kyoto, Japan

Excellent composition. Wonderful shot

27 Sep 2015 2:25pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle couleur rouille superbe image et captage quel chantier quelle vue superbe.

27 Sep 2015 4:14pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Great picture of the ruins. It was very hard for the miners. And it was quite unsafe. An interesting story. :)

27 Sep 2015 4:44pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France


27 Sep 2015 5:33pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

A tragic view!

27 Sep 2015 5:45pm

Patrick M. from Lille, France

As if war had been there

27 Sep 2015 6:06pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

Good to hear this background detail, fascinating place...

27 Sep 2015 8:20pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Wonderfully captured with great tones & fine detail!

28 Sep 2015 12:55am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

oh génial

28 Sep 2015 2:01pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Amazing how things decay with time. Excellent.

28 Sep 2015 3:38pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Well done Steve - a gripping series- congratulations!

28 Sep 2015 4:35pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great pov and variety of textures ... a very interesting place and to still see it standing is pretty amazing!

28 Sep 2015 6:34pm

Diana from Olympia, United States

Other worldly

29 Sep 2015 2:15am