These five holes of the world were selected to be shared for their unique history and some are really terrifying.
These holes are not only amazing, but some are really terrifying! The sheer scale of these holes reminds you of just how tiny we are. The five were selected for their individual and unique histories.
Have you visited any of them?
Which is your favorite?
Kimberley Big Hole
Apparently the largest ever hand-dug excavation in the world, this 1097 meter deep mine yielded over 3 tons of diamonds before being closed.
The De Beers Consolidated Mines began working the earth for diamonds in 1871.
Though the mines are now closed, the company has invested in new attractions to the facility turning it into a world-class tourist destination complete with guided tours, shopping and a restaurant.
A glory hole is used when a dam is at full capacity and water needs to be drained from the reservoir.
Monticello Dam, California
This hole located at Monticello Dam, California, is the largest spillway of this type in the world. It consumes 14,400 cubic feet of water every second.
This type of spillway is basically a giant cement funnel.
The hole’s largest diameter is 72 feet and narrows to about 28 feet.
Great Blue Hole
This incredible geographical phenomenon known as a blue hole is situated 60 miles off the mainland of Belize.
There are numerous blue holes around the world, but none as stunning as this one.
According to Wikipedia, “This site was made famous by Jacques-Yves Cousteau, who declared it one of the top ten scuba diving sites in the world. In 1971, he brought his ship, the Calypso, to the hole to chart its depths.”
Crater Lake is located 100 miles east of the Pacific Ocean in southern Oregon.
At 1,943 feet (592 meters) deep, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and one of the deepest lakes in the world. With no inlets bringing mineral deposits into the lake, the water is crystal clear.
It lies inside a volcanic basin that was created 7,700 years ago when the 12,000 foot Mount Mazama collapsed following a large eruption.
The Rat Hole in Washington D.C. is capable of swallowing trillions and trillions of U.S. dollars-annually! Spent at a rate faster than it can be earned, or even printed, the money that falls into this hole is never heard from again!