Friday, March 21, 2014

Mines of Rammelsberg - GERMANY - UNESCO #623

The secular craft of mining for ore extraction allowed mankind to evolve from a primitive state to a modern society and since the start of that industry, some parts of our planet look like a swiss cheese - water management in one of the major challenges in a mine (the other is preventing tunnel colapses). The water managment system of the Rammelsberg mines revolutionize the whole industry, solving not only the problem of draining water from the mine to prevent flooding but also finding a way to use the hydropower for enhance the mining process - a engineering masterpiece and a UNESCO WHS. Thank you Marcel, I now have 323 sites, only 658 to finish. This postcard took 3 days to arrive!
UNESCO #623 - Mines of Rammelsberg - GERMANY
The Upper Harz mining water management system, which lies south of the Rammelsberg mines and the town of Goslar, has been developed over a period of some 800 years to assist in the process of extracting ore for the production of non-ferrous metals.It is made up of an extremely complex but perfectly coherent system of artificial ponds, small channels, tunnels and underground drains. It enabled the development of water power for use in mining and metallurgical processes. It is a major site for mining innovation in the western world.

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