06/25/2010 05:19 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Australia Mining Pit, Visible From Space, Threatens To Swallow Town

More than a century on, the "Golden Mile" is still yielding riches, mainly from the so-called Super Pit, an enormous open-cut mine created from scores of underground shafts. One of the biggest holes ever dug by man, the pit is visible from space and is even reputed to influence the weather in Kalgoorlie, the hardbitten town crouched on its rim.

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