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Pillar Crush

An example of the immense working pressures involved in potash mining and the instability of the crystal structures involved. Originally our Editor thought this pillar was part of the old Bord and Pillar workings, however Tim Coleman advised the Archive: “This pillar was located in the far south of the mine in a panel mined late 2001 and completed early 2002. The photograph has been clipped on the right hand side where my colleagues were standing”.

Image courtesy of Alan M. Franks and information kindly supplied by Tim Coleman. He actually took this image when he was the Rock Mechanics Engineer at Boulby.

1 comment to Pillar Crush

  • J Eric Lindsay

    Wow. Won’t show the better half, she always thinks I’m crazy when I say I would have loved to go on one of the underground visits. The furthest I ever got was the freeze chamber when I worked for MCC !!

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