Udachnaya Pipe

Udachnaya Pipe

Owner: Alrosa

Type of Mine: Diamond

Location: Sakha Republic, Russia

Built: 1988

At 600 meters deep Udachnaya plunges lower than, though not nearly as wide as, Mir.  Discovered just days after Mir, the Udachnaya pipe is so remote that a small city, named after the project, was built up around the diamond mine to house workers.  Since 2010 Alrosa has shifted its direction underground as open-pit mining was no longer cost effective.

Image courtesy of Stepanovas; The open pit of Udachnaya, 17 July 2004


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