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A winze is a minor connection between different levels in an underground mine. When worked upwards from a lower level it is usually called a raise; when sunk downward from a higher level it may be called a sump. The top of a winze is located underground and it is not equipped with winding gear, in contrast to a shaft, which is a deeper connection between levels and does have winding gear, whether the top of the excavation is located on the surface or underground.[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}}