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THE SU­PER PIT GOLD MINE

PLUNG­ING DEEP into the earth like an open wound, the Fimis­ton Open Pit (known col­lo­qui­ally as the Su­per Pit) is one of the big­gest open pit gold mines in Aus­tralia. Span­ning 1.5 kilo­me­tres in width and 3.5 kilo­me­tres in length, it is as­ton­ish­ing in its enor­mity. The dis­cov­ery of gold here in 1893 led to the area be­ing dubbed the Golden Mile, how­ever, since its in­cep­tion in 1989 the Su­per Pit has grown to con­sume the ear­lier mines.

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It’s now a pop­u­lar tourist spot where cu­ri­ous trav­ellers can stop by for a tour or ob­serve the mine in op­er­a­tion from the spe­cially cre­ated Su­per Pit Look­out. Pho­tog­ra­pher Elise Hassey cap­tured this oth­er­worldly scene at dusk. Large ve­hi­cles look like toy Tonka trucks as they climb from the shad­owy depths and up the ter­raced ridges bathed in sur­real pur­ple tones. The alien scene al­most looks like it’s on Mars, lend­ing the mine a strange, be­guil­ing beauty.

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