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A winze is an opening in an underground mine that is sunk downward (as opposed to a raise, which is mined upward) from inside to connect lower levels. The top of a winze is located underground, in contrast to a shaft, where the top of the excavation is located on the surface.[1]


  1. ^ {{cite web|url= Handbook for the Conservation of Bats in Mines and Artificial Cave-Bat Habitats|last=Bruce|first=Thompson|date=2002|publisher=Australian Centre for Mining Environmental Research|pages=4|accessdate=2009-04-02}}