Let's Tour a Tanzanite Mine!
|The haunting beauty of Merelani, Tanzania.|
|In the background, on the hill top, is Tanzanite One. The largest Tanzanite mine and the largest mine in Tanzania. Employing up to 300 miners and occupying all of Block C.|
|A video I made exploring a Tanzanite mine. This mine 0.5 miles deep!|
|My host and director of the mine I toured, Issaiya. Good guy!|
This is an old style tanzanite mine. It goes directly straight down into the earth. This one is 2 kilometers (about a mile) deep and then branches off into 5 tunnels at the bottom. I was told that many kilos of tanzanite was pulled from this shaft.
The mine I went down had any production for 2 years. Think about that. They have been digging for 2 years without any production.
|This is an abandoned tanzanite mine shaft.|
|This is the head miner for the mine I went down.|
|Miners clothes drying on the fence. Because of the extreme depth of the tanzanite mines, water seepage is a big problem.|
|One of the explosives used in the mining process. 15 to 30 holes at a time are drilled into the rock and each hole receives one of these explosive charges.|
|The guys at the mine wanted to demonstrate the explosives they use. I thought I'd make a quick video of it.|
|I toured the house where the "leaders" of the mine stayed. This particular mine had approximately 100 miners. However, only a few got to stay in these 'luxury' conditions.|
|The bedroom of the director of the mine. When he's onsite he gets the bed (and fan) on the left.|
|This is the kitchen where the leaders have their meals cooked. They have their own cook.|
|The leaders also get to enjoy TV.|
|This is the "kitchen" for the vast majority of the people working at the mine. The hut actually has 3 of these pits. This one has something cooking in it.|
|A pot of beans a group of miners were cooking.|
|Miner sitting outside his hut.|
|This is the security for the mine. Notice the signage above the door. Enough said!|
|Me and my crew stopped for some BBQ after a long and strenuous day.|
|Thanks for making this possible! My goal is to tell the story of where our gems come from and the people who mine them.|