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Geevor Underground

Drilling and Blasting

 

 Early Methods for Breaking Rock Underground

Click to see a larger version of this imagetwo pare workers hand drilling

In order to extract the tin ore, the hard rock had to be broken.


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Modern techniques for Breaking Rock

Click to see a larger version of this imagediagram showing the general layout of what a mine looks like below the surface including stope face, development drive and box holes

Modern mining techniques and machinery enabled large quantities of tin ore to be mined more efficiently and safely than ever before.


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Explosives

Click to see a larger version of this imagevictorian miner preparing for blasting using explosives

Blasting with gunpowder enabled larger quantities of rock to be broken, but it was also a risk for those involved.


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Mechanical drilling

Click to see a larger version of this imageminer using a mechanical drill (compressed air)

By 1880 mechanical drilling machines were  introduced to Cornish Mines. 


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Comment left by Tee - Yaa on 2009-11-10 17:48:08

good website not very educaational i think there should be more about the history of the mine

Comment left by Sam Scantlebury on 2010-06-27 18:13:58

Fantastic website, more archival info and photos' please.

 

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