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Opal Mining

Opal mines are amazing and dangerous places. Most people imagine mines to be like a coal mine a diamond mine or a gold mine but actually an opal mine is quite small. Here in Lightning Ridge an average opal mine is a 50-meter by 50-meter block of land. Compared to a coal mine that may be kilometers across. Opal mines are run by small operators in groups of 1 to 4 people. Small machinery is used mostly all run by hydraulics or air compression. The first step to starting an opal mine is the ground; you need to find an area that has good opal trace. The only way to…

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