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Inside an abandoned 18th century silica mine

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These extraordinary pictures give a glimpse into a beautiful underground landscape, the eerie remains of a once-bustling mine in Wales.

The Dinas silica mine, at the head of Neath Valley South Wales, was once a prominent source of silica – a heat-resistant material that was used to line industrial kilns and furnaces.

But the mine was abandoned in in 1964, and is now surrounded by danger signs warning off all but the most experienced cavers.

http://www.dailymail...outh-Wales.html

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Those are incredible photos but my lungs hurt just seeing it (silica). Every air-borne particle is razor sharp and waiting to slice your lungs.

I went caving last year for the first time on Vancouver Island. It is amazing, the 'absolute blackness' when you shut your headlamps off. It was the closest I've ever been to being blind. And it is true, your other senses try to compensate.

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