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    Old silica mine in S.Wales, explored by thousands since about 1965 also used a lot for cave diving training.























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    Good to see some Welsh mines on here! Thats a cracking place. Also nice that there are artefacts sill down there. Top explore mate:)

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    A good pic of the underwater bit here.

    Martyn Farr pic.

    http://www.farrworld.co.uk/gallery/v...ilica_Mine_web

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    Just noticed that pic of the air receiver for the pneumatic driller. Thats a great find.

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    Nice. :) Does it go far in? I've never heard of a silica mine before. What would the silica look like what they mined in there?? I love the left behind machinery - it's good to see that. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sausage View Post
    Nice. :) Does it go far in? I've never heard of a silica mine before. What would the silica look like what they mined in there?? I love the left behind machinery - it's good to see that. :)
    Not very big, a lot of it flooded, the rock they were mining is the stuff in the pillars left to support the roof, pic No9 clearly shows the layer they were mining.

    The area also has a derelict gunpowder works plus a lot more old workings .




    Link for "Dinas" brick.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firebrick

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLoada View Post
    Just noticed that pic of the air receiver for the pneumatic driller. Thats a great find.
    In the late 60's-70's the haulage winch was still complete!

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    Nice I will have to visit sometime
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    Great stuff. Love the bits of rusting machinery and the slanting roofs. Very nice find. :)
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    WOW, that first pic is a gorgeous setting, love that. And love all the pics inside the mine too. amazing colours and great to see machinery still there.

    Excellent find and excellent pics,

    Cheers,

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