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Dorothea Quarry, Wales - June 2016

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tank2020

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I went on a little camping trip with some friends which involved a walk up Snowdon, but the less said about that the better.

On route to the camp site I dropped by this fantastic place, an absolutely stunning wonder, great views and lots of stuff to find, It reminded of some Mayan lost world at times.

Dorothea Quarry commenced working in the early 1820s, though there were a number of smaller workings on or near the site before this. By 1848 it had become the dominant quarry in the area, employing 200 men and producing 5000 tons of finished slate. Production peaked in 1872 at 17442 tons. In the 1930s over 350 men were employed at Dorothea. Production dropped significantly after the start of World War II and the quarry closed in 1970.

Since quarrying ended in 1970, the Dorothea Quarry has flooded and become a popular site for scuba diving (even though there are no facilities provided, and diving is officially banned in the quarry); the unregulated nature and depth of the site has encouraged some divers to overestimate their capabilities – in the decade 1994-2004 21 divers lost their lives in the quarry.[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothea_Quarry

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The bits I couldn't see!
 

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Wow tank those are some photos to be proud of, brilliant stuff.
 

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Awesome. I had this place on the list for my trip to Wales but we fell too far behind schedule to go. Nice set! Good to see that pit really is as blue as it looks on Google Maps.
 
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