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Geevor Underground

Drilling and Blasting

 

Victorian Mining

Click to see a larger version of this imagegroup of miners underground wearing tull hats and candles

The greatest era of mining in Cornwall was the early 19th century, when Cornwall became the world’s leading supplier of copper.


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 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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Comment left by wayne burns on 2009-10-28 11:22:18

Geevor is a 20th century mine so how can this be true : By 1880 mechanical drilling machines were first being used at Geevor.

Comment left by GEEVOR TIN MINE on 2009-11-11 11:33:34

Thank you for your comments, we have now amended the entry.

 

Comment left by Leif Nielsen on 2011-05-27 22:08:57

A very interesting museum, which we visited during a holiday i United Kingdom in May 2011.

 

Comment left by Leviticus Bennett on 2017-04-25 22:35:10

That's really neat that nowadays we can use compressed air drills and gelatin to break rock underground. I've heard there was a lot of deaths and accidents caused by gunpowder explosives used in mining. Some people even say it used to be one of the most dangerous jobs. It's a good thing technology fixed that. That's really neat that nowadays we can use compressed air drills and gelatin to break rock underground. I've heard there was a lot of deaths and accidents caused by gunpowder explosives used in mining. Some people even say it used to be one of the most dangerous jobs. It's a good thing technology fixed that.

 

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