List of deepest mines

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This list of deepest mines includes operational and non-operational mines that are at least 2,212 m (7,257 ft), which is the depth of Veryovkina Cave, the deepest known natural cave in the world. The depth measurements in this list represent the difference in elevation from the entrance of the mine to the deepest excavated point.

The definition of mine for this list is an artificially made excavation for the purpose of extracting resources, that can potentially be accessed by humans.

Rank Name of mine Depth Location Primary resource
1 Mponeng Gold Mine 4.0 km (2.5 mi)  South Africa Gold[1]
2 TauTona Gold Mine 3.9 km (2.4 mi)  South Africa Gold[1]
3 Savuka Gold Mine 3.7 km (2.3 mi)  South Africa Gold[1]
4 Driefontein, Gauteng 3.4 km (2.1 mi)  South Africa Gold[1]
5 Empire Mine 3.355 km (2.085 mi)  United States Gold[2]
6 Kusasalethu mine 3.28 km (2.04 mi)  South Africa Gold[1]
7 Kolar Gold Fields 3.2 km (2.0 mi)  India Gold[1]
8 Laronde Mine 3.2 km (2.0 mi)  Canada Gold, copper, silver, zinc[1]
9 Moab Khotsong mine 3.05 km (1.90 mi)  South Africa Gold[1]
10 Morro Velho 3.0 km (1.9 mi)  Brazil Gold
11 South Deep mine 2.99 km (1.86 mi)  South Africa Gold[1]
12 Kidd Mine 2.93 km (1.82 mi)  Canada Copper, zinc[1]
13 Great Noligwa Gold Mine 2.6 km (1.6 mi)  South Africa Gold[1][3]
14 Creighton Mine 2.5 km (1.6 mi)  Canada nickel[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Duddu, Praveen (11 September 2013). "The top ten deepest mines in the world - Mining Technology". Mining Technology. Verdict Media Limited. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  2. ^ "California's gold history lives in Empire Mine State Historic Park" (PDF). State of California. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  3. ^ Great Noligwa Gold Mine, South Africa - Mining Technology

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